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. In these brief reflections, we highlight several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.
Human Dignity We must recognise we are all brothers and sisters which requires us to respect, value and uphold a common dignity for ourselves and each other. As human beings we are created in the image and likeness of God so therefore we have an inherent worth and distinction.
Community and Participation As humans we were are not created to live alone, community is clearly linked in the history of humankind. One way for Catholics to practise solidarity is to participate in pursuing the common good for a community.
Every member of society has a duty to develop this common good and every member has a right to enjoy the benefits brought about by it. We must re-engage with our environment and take responsibility for it; live sustainably, live so that there are enough resources for everyone.
Our environment influences almost all of our lives, and Catholic Social Teaching recognises that undervaluing makes us all poorer. Rural women around the world are taking big steps in caring for creation. Find out more here. Dignity in Work This theme looks at the importance of work, the dignity of work and the value of balance in our home and work lives.
Pope Benedict XVI has challenged Christians to be true peacemakers bringing forgiveness and non-violent solutions to situations of hurt and violence. Solidarity Solidarity is an important concept for Christians and is one of the most mystical and deeply human founding concepts of the social teaching of the Church.
It is based on the belief that together we can make a difference and together we are much stronger.
When we value fellow human beings we respect each other as unique individuals and we can stand up for what is right for one another.Rerum Novarum (On Capital and Labour) has three major themes: the balance between labour and capital, the common good, and the role of the state. Catholic Social Teaching Series - Rerum Novarum - Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.
Return to index Major themes from Catholic Social Teaching The following principles highlight major themes from Catholic social teaching documents of the last century.
(USCCB 7 Themes of Catholic Social Teaching) Explanation/Activity: The principle of solidarity focuses on how we are all one big human family. September also marks the start of the school year, with new students, teachers and community members.
Basics of Catholic Social Teaching 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.
There are many innovative efforts by Catholic educators to communicate the social doctrine of the church. Catholic Social Teaching holds that work is not to be drudgery, but creative, positive and an intrinsic good. It is not however, all for yourself, ways to accumulate power and influence, but is rather to play our part in being co-creators in God’s loving act of creation.
Catholic Social Teaching Print The ACSJC has prepared a series of discussion guides on principles of the Church’s social teaching and some important encyclicals related to this topic.