RE ATAR Unit 2: Current Issues for a Religion

Catholic Response

Why the Catholic Church Responds to the Issue

The Roman Catholic Church responds to the issue of asylum seeker policy due to its beliefs and values. These beliefs and values can be sourced from:

  • The Catholic Social Teachings
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • The Bible

"How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need, yet refuses help?" – 1 John 3:17. 

Catholic Social Teaching in 3 Minutes

Trocaire. (2014, September 25). Catholic Social Teaching in 3 Minutes. Retrieved from

Catholic Social Teachings

The Catholic Social Teachings as we know them today stem from the Papal Encyclical Rerum Novarum, promulgated in 1891. Pope Leo XIII's encyclical was originally implemented to address capital and labour. The Catholic Social Teachings now focus on themes that extend to include:

  • Human dignity
  • Community
  • Rights and duties
  • Preferential option for the poor
  • Participation
  • Economic justice
  • Stewardship
  • Solidarity
  • Role of government
  • Promotion of peace


Pope Francis Praises Secular Sweden Over Asylum Seekers

euronews (in English). (2016, November 1). Pope Francis prasies secular Sweden over asylum seekers- world. Retrieved from

"The duty of promoting human solidarity also falls upon the shoulders of nations."

– Populorum Progression, 48