Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
Are you concerned about injustice in our world? Do you know what the Catholic Church says about issues of social justice? Do you feel the need to take action and make your voice heard?
Do you share a vision of a world in which people live in peace and harmony with one another and with nature, where our common humanity is respected and all are able to contribute freely to the common good?
This page aims to provide information and encouragement. Action for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation is strongly rooted in lessons from the Scriptures and the example of Christ’s life and teaching, from which the Church’s Social Action and Teaching have developed.
Each of us is called to act justly and peaceably in our own lives within our families, our work and our community. We also have a responsibility, where we can, to get involved to support justice for all God’s people, particularly the poor, and to be good stewards of creation. As a church, we need to get involved in a whole range of concerns for life upon earth. These range from campaigns against abortion and concerns for the beginning of life, through campaigns to do with childhood and old age, the care of animals, justice, peace and reconciliation in our own society and overseas, plus concerns with environmental resources, bioethical matters, unjust conflicts and end of life care.
Thee 1971 Synod of Bishops concluded that, “Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.”