The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. Some of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family, Community, and Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
- Care for God’s Creation
All across the Church, many organizations work tirelessly in the cause of fostering a more just and peaceful world. Listed below are links to organizations and resources that cover a wide variety of topics, but each is directly tied to one of the seven themes listed above.
1. Priests for Life website represents a family of ministries that reach and enrich every aspect of the pro-life movement, for clergy and laity alike, in a wide variety of activities. http://www.priestsforlife.org/index.aspx
1. United States Conference of Bishops website. Anti-trafficking program. http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/
3. Stop Trafficking! newsletter. Hosted by STOP ENSLAVEMENT web domain, serves as a forum for exchange among religious congregations and their collaborating organizations. http://www.stopenslavement.org/
4. Journey to Freedom, documentary film, brings to life the startling similarities between historic slavery and human trafficking, inspiring today’s freedom fighters. Produced by the National Underground Freedom Center, with support from US State Department and Google. Directed by Justin Dillon of Slavery Footprint. http://www.freedomcenter.org/
1. Catholics Confront Global Poverty (CCGP) is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services. It represents the official voice of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States on policy issues related to improving the lives of poor and vulnerable people worldwide. http://www.confrontglobalpoverty.org
Caring for God’s Creation:
Ending the Death Penalty:
1. Catholic Mobilizing Network – endeavors to take up the challenge of the U.S. bishops’ “Campaign To End the Use of the Death Penalty” (A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death, 2005). http://www.catholicsmobilizing.org