Social Teaching of Canadian Catholic Bishops In 1948, the bishops of Canada established the Commission for Social Action to help spread the gospel through actions for justice and the transformation of society Word to Action (1976) – This stressed that the struggle for justice is not an option; it is an integral part of bringing the gospel into the world. Ethical Choices and Political Changes (1983) – This reinforced that Catholics ought to continue working for justice. The Struggle Against Poverty (1996) – Bishops criticized governments for neglecting to care for the poorest people in society. They called for action to end poverty, with a special awareness of poverty among women, the young, newcomers to Canada and Aboriginal people. Common Good or Exclusion: A Choice for Canadians (2001) – Bishops told MPs that the Church is especially preoccupied with defending the poor.