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Thomas Merton writes: “The certainty of Christian hope lies beyond passion and beyond knowledge. Therefore we must sometimes expect our hope to come in conflict with darkness, desperation and ignorance. Therefore, too, we must remember that Christian optimism is not a perpetual sense of euphoria, an indefectible comfort in whose presence neither anguish nor tragedy can possibly exist…… the Church in preparing us for the birth of a “great prophet,” a Savior and a King of Peace, has more in mind than seasonal cheer...

Helping parishes strengthen their support for asylum seekers was the focus of a forum at Catholic Social Services Victoria on Friday 21 November. Twenty three parishes and a number of social services agencies took part, in what was the next step in the Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support Program.

 
Thanks to Dr Kathy Landvogt, Acting Director, Growth and Policy, at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, for her breakfast presentation on 11 November on 'Economic abuse in the household.' Click here for the slides that Kathy used, and click here for the report which Kathy drew on in her talk. Tanya Corrie, who contributed to the report, joined Kathy during discussion. 

The Victorian Interchurch Criminal Justice Taskforce has released this brochure to give a Christian perspective on current issues of punishment, imprisonment and rehabilitation, and to offer effective and just ways to reduce crime and increase community safety.

In a related development, Victorian Church leaders have written to all Members of Parliament, calling for a 'restorative justice' approach to crime and offending, with a focus on prevention of crime, support for victims of crime, diversion from prison, and rehabilitation of offenders.  Click here for a copy of the letter.  
 

 
Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work. Click for our Reconciliation Vision
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