Catholic Social Teaching in the streets of Melbourne
Catholic Social Services Victoria, in conjunction with Edmund Rice Ministries and the Presentation Sisters, conducted another of its Walking the Land with Catholic Social Teaching workshops in the central business district of Melbourne on Thursday 2 May 2019.
A small group of people braved a wintry morning to experience a guided city justice walk which looked at a range of issues from colonisation and Indigenous dispossession, human trafficking, homelessness, gambling, migration and sustainability through the lenses of Catholic Social Teaching – namely Human Dignity, Common Good, Solidarity and Subsidiarity.
The workshop is also framed very much through the lens of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si
which compellingly shows the interdependence of all creation contained within the principle of Integral Ecology.
As participants walked and reflected and shared and made connections with their own stories they became aware of the breadth and urgency of the call to all Christians to live more fully the principle of Preferential Option for the Poor.
Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive with a general gratitude for “the opportunity to actually think more deeply about issues both personally and in society”.
There are still two further Walking the Land with Catholic Social Teaching workshops schedule during 2019.