Each year the Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week, inviting the faithful to reflect and take action on a current social justice issue. Caritas prepares the resources for this week, which this year takes place from September 6-12.
This year the Social Justice Week theme is Catholic Social Teaching, which provides a moral framework to guide our decisions and actions.
The bishops have written a statement for Social Justice Week. In it, they say Catholic Social Teaching has never been more relevant than now: “From navigating through a world still responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, to an increased awareness of racism and historic injustice, and the ever-increasing socio-economic disparities, the Church’s social teaching helps us focus our concerns about the world. It provides a lens through which we can try to make sense of how our society is being changed, particularly by COVID-19 at this time.”
Read the bishops’ statement in full here in PDF format.
And go here for the Caritas information and resources for Social Justice Week 2020.