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Transcript of RACISM

Catholic Social Teaching
See judge act is a process that allows us to use CST to examine, interpret and make decisions on social issues.

- What can be observed; what are the statistics and facts

- what does church teachings, biblical references, legal requirements say about the issue.


- What is currently being done? What should be done? What can I do?

in 2014, a young girl yells racial slurs at Indigenous athlete, Adam Goodes
The 'White Australia' policy describes Australia's approach to immigration, from federation until the latter part of the 20th century, which favoured applicants from certain countries.
The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
Bible Reference
John 7:24New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
Vatican documents
“… social or cultural discrimination in basic personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, colour, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as contrary to God’s design.”
Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, n 29

Racism occurs throughout the world. Historically, many attrocities have been comitted because of racism and many ethnic and cultural minorities have been persecuted, simply for being who they are.

Racism is not simply an issue of the past, it is still an ongoing problem in many places in the world including Australia.
It mainl affects people who are from ethnic minorities as they can suffer in almost every aspect of their lives.

Social Justice
Racism is a social justice issue because Racism disempowers people by devaluing their identity. It also destroys the community and creates separation in the society. It is the opposite of equality where the rights of all people are to be treated fairly and equal.
The Catholic Church communicates its social teaching across a variety of mediums.

Firstly, there is teaching taken directly from the bible. The Roman curia is the bishops' conference in Rome who are responsible for church documents and papal encyclicals. In Australia we have a Bishops' conference that operates Social Justice Sundays. They present action on a range of justice issues including Racism.

Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice.

It holds that God has a special place in this story for each of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan isn’t just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or things we might do on Sundays, but that it involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as a responsible global citizens.

The ten principles of Catholic social teaching are:
Human Dignity
community and participation
care for creation
dignity in work,

peace and reconciliation

Signs during the apartheid in south Africa between 1948-1994
in 2005, there were riots and fights between white Australian and ethnic Australians
Human Dignity

We must recognise we are all brothers and sisters which requires us to respect, value and uphold a common dignity for ourselves and each other. As human beings we are created in the image and likeness of God so therefore we have an inherent worth and distinction.
What is being done?
Fair Go Touch Comp promotes community and friendship among indigenous and non indigenous young people
Harmony Day
celebrates cultural
differences in Australia

Paniyiri in Brisbane celebrates cultural diversity
What can be done?
Good and gracious God,
Who loves and delights in all people,
we stand in awe before You,
knowing that the spark of life within each person on earth is the spark of your divine life.

Differences among cultures and races are multicolored manifestations of Your Light.

May our hearts and minds be open to celebrate similarities and differences among our sisters and brothers.

We place our hopes for racial harmony in our committed action and in Your Presence in our Neighbor.

May all peoples live in Peace.
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