Catholic Social Justice Council chairman, Bishop Christopher Saunders, yesterday launched the Statement.
It's titled Who is my Neighbour?, and deals with issues of justice, development and peace.
In his address, he invited the audience to contemplate the mix of faces on the Statement cover.
"Each one of these people is unique," he said. But through this amazing diversity, "the life we share is sacred and our human dignity is to be respected."
Bishop Saunders affirmed the values of multiculturalism, which have lost favour with many, including the Federal Government.
He said: "Our multiculturalism is an aspect of national life that makes Australia great, reflecting our solidarity with all peoples of the world and a generosity of heart in responding to those in need."
He questioned the circumstances of many Indigenous Australians who continue to endure third-world conditions in a land of plenty.
Copies of the statement are available from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. Details at: socialjustice.catholic.org.au
Who is my neighbour? (Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Social Justice Statement 2007)
Letter from Archbishop Philip Wilson
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Bishops' social justice statement focuses on Indigenous disadvantage (CathNews, 14/9/07)