The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Social Justice Week

Each year the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week, inviting us to reflect and take action on a current social justice issue. 

This year from the 8th to the 14th of September we focus on fairness.

Na, ko ngā mea katoa e pai ai koutou, kia meatia e ngā tāngata ki a koutou, meatia hoki e koutou kia a rātou.
Matiu 7:12

Do unto others what you would have them do to you.
Matthew 7:12

In the 1920s, Cardinal Joseph Cardijn founded the Young Christian Workers who worked on a range of social justice causes. He developed the See-Judge-Act method as a way to reorient one’s life toward social justice and solidarity. This method, grounded in Catholic social teaching, is a way of looking at a situation, analysing it, and taking appropriate action. It can be used by groups, families or individuals with a journal and the Holy Spirit as our guide. It is divided into three sections:

  • SEE – TIROHIA helps us name what is causing us concern. We observe and immerse ourselves in the lives of those living with injustice.
  • JUDGE – WĀNANGATIA is a moment of discernment. We analyse the situation and make an informed judgment involving theological reflection, such as Catholic social teaching and scripture, and social analysis.
  • ACT – MAHIA is making a plan for action, providing resources and ideas on how to act in solidarity and empower those who live with injustice.

We invite individuals and communities to use this methodology to reflect on what is fair and unfair in their own context, and act toward fairness in our world.


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