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Catholic Social Justice- Caritas Australia

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Chloe Hewat

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Part B-
Part A-
Catholic Social Justice-

How do the actions of Caritas assist in restoring justice?

-Caritas Australia base their response to issues around the globe on the Catholic Social Teaching principles, with the focus being the dignity of the human person. Through having this approach, Caritas work to promote human rights and responsibilities, assist the poor, give communities greater access to resources etc. It is all of these things that allow for there to be equality in the world which is what restores justice.
*Caritas Australia
Yr. 10 R.E- Chloe Hewat
Who is Caritas Australia?

-Caritas Australia is a not-for-profit and non-government organisation that currently works to bring relief and aid in over 30 countries around the globe. Caritas Australia is included in Caritas Internationalis, which is a global network of 165 Catholic relief aid, development and social service organisations assisting the less fortunate in over 200 countries and territories.

-It had all began when just one man, Lorenz Worthmann, founded the first Caritas in Germany, 1897. This organisation, named after a Latin word meaning ‘love and compassion’ would grow to become one of the largest aid and development agencies in the modern world.
-It was in June 1956, when Caritas was introduced in Australia as the Catholic Overseas Relief Committee (CORC). It was established in Australia, at a time when nations under colonial authority were struggling to find independence. People’s awareness of not only global humanitarian issues, but also technology and the availability of international communications, were also growing at the time when Caritas was introduced to Australia.
-The original mission of the CORC was to distribute the funds received, for overseas relief. These funds had been obtained by the Catholic Church from the United Nation’s “Freedom from Hunger” campaign.

When 1966 came around, the CORC became known as the Australian Catholic Relief (ACR).
Since the Catholic Overseas Relief Committee was supported by the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference (ACBC), in 1965, the organisers of the Lenten appeals had encouraged the ACBC to introduce a national Lenten appeal. This soon became recognised as 'Project Compassion'.
Three months prior to Caritas beginning in Australia, however, the first Lenten appeals had been held in the Archdioceses of Adelaide and Sydney and also the Diocese of Waga Waga.
-As the organisation expanded across Australia, it started to see that responding to emergency situations made up only a small part of the overall response to poverty. This is why the agency started to focus on human development and began to initiate programs which would allow communities to gradually build self-reliance.

Through doing this, the organisation was giving the people it helped the space and encouragement to make their own decisions, offering support and creating an international exchange of ideas, rather than decreeing terms.
-The ACR saw that its responsibility was to support development in marginalised communities. It was soon realised, however, that donating money had only a small impact on making positive changes amongst such communities. To have a greater impact on the changes taking place it was decided that the agency had to increase Australian’s awareness and knowledge of issues occurring in the developing world.
A large amount of important resources were put into programs within the Catholic school system, parishes and the general community, which additionally saw an increase in people’s awareness in relation to global poverty, inequality, injustice and the need for Christians to take on their responsibility and see these issues and take action.
-It was in October, 1995, when the ACR National Committee suggested a name change. The ACBC Bishops agreed to this idea and July 1st, 1996, marked the day when the organisation officially became known as Caritas Australia.
What do they use in order to judge which issues are the important ones?

-Caritas Australia consider issues to be important by basing their approach on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. These principles cover all the spheres of life, that is, the economic, political, personal and spiritual. Some of the principles used to guide the work of Caritas Australia are as follows:
1.*Dignity of the human person 5.*Preferential option for the poor
2. *The common good 6.*Subsidiarity and participation
3.*Stewardship of creation 7.*Solidarity
4.*Promotion of peace 8.*Economic Justice

What is Project Compassion?
-Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual fund and awareness raising appeal. This appeal lasts for the duration of Lent (6 weeks) and allows thousands of Australian’s to come together to assist in ending poverty, promoting justice and upholding dignity. This project is extremely important for Caritas Australia because without it, the organisation would be unable to do much of the vital work they carry out around the globe.
-Project Compassion 2014 is based on the concept that Jesus was committed to, that is, for all to live a life of abundance: “
I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full
What do they do?
-Caritas Australia's role is large and varied. This organisation assists in so many ways worldwide to help build a just world, end poverty and uphold dignity. Each day this organisation supports people who are in need around the world, supporting people to help themselves out of sufferance from hunger, poverty and injustice. This organisation also provides relief and aid for those whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters and conflicts. It is Caritas that provides a beacon of hope for millions of children, men and women who are in times of hardship.
What are the 2014 projects about?
-The 2014 projects are ‘Sports for Justice’, 'Stand #WithSyria', ‘One Human Family, Food for All’, ‘Walk as One’, 'Act for Justice in the DRC’ and also 'A Just Climate’.
*Sports for Justice- This project focuses on supporting Brazil’s Favela residents who are negatively affected by the preparations being made to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
*One Human Family, Food for All- The right to food that everyone has is the central focus of this project, with the aim being to end world hunger by 2025.
*Walk as One- This project focuses on trying to get Australians and other international communities to connect with and recognize the rights and needs of the world’s indigenous people. Through doing this Caritas aims to build a more just world.
*Act for Justice in the DRC- This project focuses on taking action in response to the humanitarian tragedy occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is being done so that there is justice for the people of the DRC.
*A Just Climate- This project aims to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable who are most affected by climate change. This project is encouraging other people to help in the matter, by changing their carbon footprint, hence living in a more ‘environmentally friendly’ manner.
Chosen projects-
* One Human Family, Food for All
*Act for Justice in the DRC

Why do you think their approach is or is not effective?

- I believe the approach being made towards the ‘Act for Justice’ project is effective. This is because Caritas is using many Catholic Social Teaching principles to ensure that changes are made for the people in the DRC and to also help raise awareness and therefore support to actively respond to the tragedy.
Why do you think their approach is or is not effective?

-The ‘One Human Family, Food for All’ project is a terrific idea and many effective strategies are been carried out to make changes, an example being advocating for governments and international communities to implement the right to food. However, this is an extremely large issue that Caritas is trying to solve and it is going to definitely take a great deal of work, support and time to achieve.
What will you do now?

- I could try to raise people’s awareness of these projects in the school and general community, by making sure they know about the website and by letting them know they can join Caritas Australia on Facebook or Twitter, to find out more. I could also make donations and possibly suggest for there to be donation boxes at school, for the annual appeal, Project Compassion. This could help see changes in current global issues and would also help support Caritas in the life-changing work they do.
Chosen scriptures-
*Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37)
*The Rich Young Man (Matthew 19:16-30)

Why is the scripture's message an important one for us today?

‘The Good Samaritan’ shows how we should always love one another and should always be willing to help others in need, even if it may be an enemy or someone we despise (based on love thy neighbor as thy self- 10 commandments). This is an important message for us today as it shows how we as Christians/Catholics should be compassionate and be willing to help those in need, just as we would like to be assisted if we were in a time of hardship.
Why is the scripture's message an important one for us today?

‘The Rich Young Man’ shows how it is often difficult for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God because their riches are often a priority, so it becomes difficult to reach out to those in need. This scripture has an important message for us today as it shows that is it important for us as Christians to be generous and reach out to help those who are underprivileged. This scripture shows that if we do this, we will then be accepted into the kingdom of God.
Thanks for watching
Roy Boylan with the first Project Compassion box in 1966.
-Caritas Australia enables and supports the most marginalized communities to become architects of their own and improved future. Caritas Australia also helps the world’s poorest gain access to a greater share of resources and promotes stewardship of the planet’s resources and environment. Whatever it may be, this organisation does all of its work through compassion and love to help see a better future for those who are seen to be less fortunate in our world. It is through doing this that Caritas Australia are showing that they accept the responsibility that they have as a Christian/Catholic organisation; that is, to act upon issues and in particular help those who are less fortunate in the world.
Teopista has learnt sustainable agriculture practices to be able to provide food and an income to support herself and her family.
Caritas Australia are helping communities in West Java, Indonesia, gain access to clean water and are also helping improve health and sanitation.

*Stand #WithSyria- This project aims to support the people of Syria and end the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century.
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