Social Justice

The Department for Social Justice assists the bishops in promoting Catholic social action. It promotes marriage and family life, offers support for vulnerable and marginalised people and works to uphold the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

Areas of work include: Safeguarding, healthcare, marriage and family, mental health, pastoral support of travellers, prison ministry, racial justice, internships and bioethics. The Chair of the department is the Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark.

Contact details for the Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship and its subcommittees; the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, Marriage and Family Life, Travellers' Issues Working Group and the Healthcare Reference Group.

The Living Wage is an hourly wage rate calculate to take into consideration the costs of housing, transport, food and basic essentials for the worker and their family. In November 2012 the Catholic Bishops’ Conference passed a resolution which fully endorses the principle of the Living Wage and encourages Catholic organisations and charities in England and Wales to work towards its implementation. Their resolution recognised that fair wages are essential to the Common Good of our society and are part of the Church’s mission to support the poor and vulnerable. This resolution follows over 100 years of support from the Popes on the importance of a just wage, found within a collection of Papal Encyclicals or letters, more commonly known as Catholic Social Teaching.