Catholic Social Teaching
- Primary Sources.
- Meta Sites.
- Papal Encyclicals.
- Apostolic Letter.
- USCCB Social Justice Documents.
- Apostolic Exhortation.
The Catholic social teaching principle of human dignity is about understanding that each of us is made in God’s image, which means every person has an innate human dignity – te mana o te tangata – that no one can take away.
The social doctrine proposes reflection guidelines for facing the problems of any time and this at three levels. Firstly, the main principles: solidarity, subsidiarity, common good; then, judgement criteria, very present in the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate of Benedict XVI; and finally, directives for action.
What are the two sources of Catholic teaching?
The two original sources for Catholic teaching are the Scriptures and Sacred Tradition. Sacred Scripture is the speech of God put down into writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit. Sacred Tradition is the living transmission of the message of the Gospel in the Church.
Formal Catholic Social Teaching is defined by a set of Papal documents, starting with Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical on the condition of the working class, Rerum Novarum. Ultimately, however, it originates in how God speaks to us in scripture.
Catholic Social Teaching (CST) offers a way of thinking, being and seeing the world. It provides a vision for a just society in which the dignity of all people is recognised, and those who are vulnerable are cared for.
Eight Themes of Catholic Social Teachings
- dignity of the human person.
- the common good.
- rights & responsibilities.
- preferential option for the poor.
- economic justice.
- promotion of peace & disarmament.
What are the purposes of the Social Doctrine?
Catholic social teaching, commonly abbreviated as CST, is a Catholic doctrine on matters of human dignity and the common good in society. The ideas address oppression, the role of the state, subsidiarity, social organization, concern for social justice, and issues of wealth distribution.
What are the four permanent principles of Catholic social doctrine, and what makes them so important? Dignity, common good, subsidiarity, solidarity. They are important because they are based on Divine Law and they apply in all social relationships.