A key part of our advocacy work involves making submissions to Parliament and government departments on key policy and legislative changes, and based on Catholic social teaching ensuring the perspectives of marginalised and vulnerable people are heard.
You can search for and download all submissions using our resources filter page or download some of our recent submissions below:
The issues we choose to make submissions on are generally based on:
Whether the issue has been set as an advocacy priority for Caritas in accord with the strategic goals.
Whether Caritas or Catholic agencies have hands-on experience in dealing with the consequences of government decision-making in the issue.
Whether there is Catholic social teaching on the issue, in particular whether the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has previously spoken out about the matter.
Catholic social teaching does not provide technical solutions or specific answers to complex social issues. Rather it provides guidance for considering particular issues against principles provided by the Church. However, in commenting on particular legislation or matters before a Parliamentary Select Committee or other decision-maker, Caritas makes our own judgment as a Catholic agency about the specific matters before us.
Any person or any group can write a submission to local, regional and national government on policies and legislations affecting them. It is helpful to go to your local council website to find out more.