Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching in 3 Minutes

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 espicopal documents.   The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. In these brief reflections, we (U.S.Catholic Bishops) highlight several of the key elements that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.

  •  The Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation 
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Caring for God’s Creation