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Australian Bishop Conference statement

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Social Justice Sunday Statement 2008 A RICH YOUNG NATION The challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia

 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, 2008 : 

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Social Justice Sunday Statement 2008 A RICH YOUNG NATION The challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia

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You lack one thing; go sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then come, follow me.

Australia: a rich young nation : 

Australia: a rich young nation Spectacular economic growth and prosperity

Australia: a rich young nation : 

Australia: a rich young nation Spectacular economic growth and prosperity

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Our international economic status has become a symbol of our national identity

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Australia: a rich young nation Wealthy, but lacking one thing …

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Too many are bypassed by economic growth and prosperity, and live in poverty

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Affluenza Confusion between wants and needs Having, rather than being Yesterday’s luxury items become today’s necessities

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Will we use our great wealth for the benefit of all? The Bishops’ Challenge - One

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Poverty Having inadequate access to resources and services; Unable to do certain tasks that are essential for fulfilling one’s human potential and carrying out one’s social responsibilities; Being shunned, denigrated, blamed, patronised and ostracised by others; Having little opportunity to participate in decisions affecting one’s life; Being, and feeling, powerless, excluded, marginalised; Living in exile in one’s own society.

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The rich man and Lazarus The rich man just did not notice the destitute man at his gate

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Do we notice our sisters and brothers in need? The Bishops’ Challenge - Two

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Indigenous families and communities

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Families in distress and the working poor

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Refugees and asylum seekers

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People who are homeless

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Are we a society in service to one another?

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See the face of Christ in the poor,Release your hold on what the poor need to survive,Believe in God’s love for you and the possibility of change,Be converted to a demanding and radical discipleship. The Bishops’ Challenge - Three

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Our response Rebuild relationships damaged by poverty and the division of wealth and opportunity

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Our response Celebrate Eucharist as sisters and brothers

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Our response Live simply, aware of what we needrather than what we want

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Our response Live simply, aware of what we needrather than what we want

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Our response

Jesus is the good news to the poor.As his followers, we are called to be the same. : 

Jesus is the good news to the poor.As his followers, we are called to be the same.

 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, 2008 : 

 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, 2008 Acknowledgements Photolibrary.com AAP Allen Brierley