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. Following is a brief reflection on several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition. The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Every human person is created in the image of God. We must uphold the dignity of every life from conception to natural death as a sacred gift.
The healthy organization of society through the institutions of marriage, family, and community promotes human flourishing. We are called to strengthen and support these institutions and to participate in seeking the common good.
Every person has a fundamental right to life and to the needs required for human decency: food, clothing, shelter, medical care, rest, and necessary social services. We have corresponding responsibilities to one another, our families and our society.
“Whatever you did for the least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). We prioritize the needs of the poor and vulnerable.
Workers have the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.
We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. The Gospel calls us to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers across all borders, promoting peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict. “If you want peace, work for justice” (Pope Paul VI).
We show respect for our Creator by our stewardship for God’s creation. We work for sustainability, reduce contributions to climate change, and prioritize the poor.