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St Michael’s School

Bassendean

4 James St
Bassendean WA 6054
PO Box 428
Bassendean WA 6934
08 6278 9888
Absentee Line – 6278 9802
admin@stmichaelsbass.wa.edu.au

St Michael’s School

Bassendean

Faith for the Journey

Catholic Social Justice

“When confronted with evil, the best of Catholic tradition (along with other Christians and people of goodwill everywhere) refuses to allow the paralysis of powerlessness to prevail”

(Tony Doherty, 2008, A friendly Guide to the Catholic Tradition)

 As Catholics and Christian people we are constantly challenged by this in our bruised and broken world where tragedy seems like almost a daily news event. When it is easy to be fearful, we are called to be courageous by standing up for what is right and just, speaking out against injustice and helping those who are in need. We are called to follow the example of Jesus, who was often found amongst those who were the marginalised and oppressed in society—the disabled and diseased, the poor, the criminals, the most wretched. As the saying goes, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. Catholic social teaching is considered to be founded by Pope Leo XIII who focused on concern for the poor and the dignity of each human person. Catholic social teaching calls on us to recognise the basic human rights of every person (life, shelter, food, clothing, work, education, a just wage and respect). The philosophy of Catholic social justice is based on the premise that we are all made in the image of God and when one suffers, we all suffer. The ‘Jesus’ test of a community is how it treats its neediest members. And so at St. Michael’s, we strive to reach out to those both within our community and outside our community to care for those who are not as fortunate as we are through activities such as fundraising for charities.

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