Our Mission and Guiding Principles

The mission of the National Centre for Pastoral Research is to assist the Catholic Church in Australia at all levels in understanding the cultural, social and personal dimensions of religion in the changing contemporary context

The work of the Office is overseen by the Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

It carries out this mission in the light of the following guiding principles:


“In pastoral care, sufficient use should be made, not only of theological principles, but also of the findings of secular sciences, especially psychology and sociology: in this way, the faithful will be brought to a purer and more mature living of the faith” (Gaudium et Spes, n.62)

“It is especially necessary for us to direct our thoughts to the future which lies before us. This is a task I wish to invite all the local churches to undertake … Now is the time for each local Church to assess its fervour and find fresh enthusiasm for its spiritual and pastoral responsibilities” (Novo Millennio Ineunte, n.3).


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