Fr Frank Brennan’s 2017 Rerum
Novarum lecture challenges us all to ‘focus more on how our unprecedented
wealth gives us a one off and unprecedented opportunity to break the cycle of
poverty, through education and lifelong support’.
Catholics usually talk about "celebrating the Eucharist". It parallels what any family or workplace celebration achieves: it nourishes and deepens our unity, our fellowship by eating and drinking together and reflecting on the great stories contained in the Bible.
A strong economy and increasing house prices, resulting in continued
growth in Victorian Government revenues, has underpinned significant additional
budget funding on responding to family violence, transport infrastructure and
police numbers. This complements initiatives over the past year in housing access, and child and family support.
Competition and efficiently working markets have their role to play, but collaboration not competition, mission not markets should be the drivers of social service delivery in the 21st century, according to a recent article by Denis Fitzgerald from Catholic Social Services Victoria. Related to this, faith-based bodies can only achieve their potential in service and advocacy and be true to their prophetic calling if they also develop and advance a new vision of a society that would be informed by the needs of all.