In last week's news we shared some descriptions of three of the Catholic Social Justice principles which were Human Dignity, Solidarity and Stewardship. This week we will have a look at the other four. If you would like to find out more check out the Caritas website which has lots of information for Social Justice week starting Sunday 14th September (http://www.caritas.org.nz/).
This comes from Jesus' teaching in the Beatitudes. We have to put the needs of the poor and the vulnerable in society - for instance the materially poor, the elderly, the sick, and the unborn, first.
This means working for the good of everyone. When considering the impact of our actions we need to consider if the group as a whole will benefit or will it only be some group members over others.
This means that decision-making and empowerment happens at the lowest level. It means that the people who are affected by the problem need to be part of solving the problem rather than having something done to them.
We all have a responsibility to be part of our local and global communities. Making the world a better fairer place is not someone else's job. Its the job of each and every one of us.