Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching reflects the love and justice that God desires, evident in the Mosaic Law and writings of the Old Testament prophets.

In the Gospels, Jesus called for a radical type of discipleship characterized by care and concern for one another with special emphasis on the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized.

From the Apostles, biblical authors, and Fathers of the Church to modern popes and bishops, the teachings of the Church and their impact on society have been handed down. 

These teachings are continually studied, refined, and expanded on to create a more decent, just, and peaceful society amid modern challenges.

An essential part of the Catholic faith, the Church’s understanding of human life and human dignity are reflected in the seven core themes of Catholic Social Teaching. 

This provides the basis for living a life of holiness and achieving everlasting life with God in Heaven.

Catholic Social Teaching has been around a long time:

This teaching rests on one basic principle: individual human beings are the foundation, the cause and the end of every social institution. That is necessarily so, for men are by nature social beings. This fact must be recognized, as also the fact that they are raised in the plan of Providence to an order of reality which is above nature.

Pope John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, May 15, 1961

Using scriptural principles to solve problems of today:

Applying Catholic teaching to daily life:

Building a world in which all people can thrive:

The common good leads to our ultimate fulfillment, which is Heaven:

Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that “everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as ‘another self,’ above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity.” No legislation could by itself do away with the fears, prejudices, and attitudes of pride and selfishness which obstruct the establishment of truly fraternal societies. Such behavior will cease only through the charity that finds in every man a “neighbor,” a brother.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1931

Called to charity and justice:

Balancing local concerns with worldwide support for one other:

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

James 2: 14-17

Forming Catholics to be yeast in the world:

A profound tradition rooted in Revelation and natural law:

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God the Father loves you:

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