What is 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 (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.”
The Church highlights seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching that are at the heart of our social tradition:
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family, Community, and Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Preferential Option for and with the Poor and Vulnerable
- Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
- Care for God’s Creation
Click here for a list of the foundational Catholic Social Teaching documents.