Year 11 General Unit 2, Mod 3 - Social Justice Issues

How a religion responds to a current social justice issue.


Religions can play an important role in responding to injustice. A number of factors will influence how a particular religion responds to any current social justice issue. These factors include such things as the features of the actual social justice issue, how people experience the injustice, what the religion believes and teaches, and how people from that religion experience and see the issue.

Key Terms

Morality is concerned with right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong. 

Ethics refers to a system of moral principles by which human actions and proposals may be judged good or bad, right or wrong. 

Conscience is a person's most inner core and sanctuary where they listen to God's voice

Focus Questions

  • What does social justice mean?

  • What are some examples of social justice issues?

  • What is a current social justice issue?

  • How does a religion respond to this issue; what does it do, how and why?

  • What are some examples that illustrate how a religion responds to a current social justice issue?

Focus Areas

  • A desire for justice is a shared human trait.

  • The desire for justice is shown in concern for human rights and care for the earth.

  • People of justice recognise that the human rights of others take precedence over national boundaries and the privileges of the more powerful in any society.

  • Restoring God’s justice in the world is an important part of being a follower of Jesus.

  • Justice has to do with behaving responsibly towards others by respecting their rights.

  • The Church responds to social justice issues globally and locally.

  • The responds to social justice in a variety of ways, both in terms of what is says and does.

  • Worldwide, social justice is one of the highest priorities of the Catholic Church.

  • The Church, through the work of individuals and dedicated groups seeks to address social justice issues

  • Catholic Social Teaching provides support and direction on social justice issues

  • Catholic Social Teaching is expressed in a variety of official statements developed by popes and bishops.

  • The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) produces a Social Justice Statement each year.

  • The ACBC has a Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development that supervises and / or is advised by: