What ARE Our Catholic Social Teachings?

Oct 8th, 2016

Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:   “Far too many Catholics are not familiar with the basic content of Catholic social teaching. More fundamentally, many Catholics do not adequately understand that the social teaching of the Church is an essential part of Catholic faith. This poses a serious challenge for all Catholics, since it weakens our capacity to be a Church that is true to the demands of the Gospel. We need to do more to share the social mission and message of our Church.” 

~ Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, U.S. Catholic Bishops

Due to recent erroneous claims by a newspaper ad that abortion is supported by our Catholic social teachings, we thought it would be a good time to review the key themes of our Catholic Social Teaching. “Catholic Social Teaching is often referred to as the ‘best kept secret’ of Catholicism, but, as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledge, Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Deeply rooted in the biblical tradition, ‘Catholic Social Teaching’ refers to a body of official writings issued by popes, bishops, and other prominent faith leaders.”  

The next 10 weeks will feature the “10 Key Principles of Catholic Social Teaching,” which highlight major themes from Catholic social teaching documents of the last century:

  1. Human Dignity
  2. Community and the Common Good
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  5. Participation
  6. Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
  7. Stewardship of Creation
  8. Solidarity
  9. Role of Government
  10. Promotion of Peace


Peace & Justice Committee