Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God’s special love for the poor and called God’s people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came “to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind”(Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with “the least of these,” the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist.  (USCCB website)

Below is a listing of links and resources to learn about Catholic social teaching:

  1. Catholic Social Teaching Foundational Documents
  2. Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
  3. Dominican Call To Justice

Related:

Links to Catholic Organizations Dealing with Social Teaching and Justice Issues

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