A Catholic Social Teaching message from Pope Paul VI:
"If you want Peace, work for Justice."

The Church's Best Kept Secret



Catholic Social Teaching is sometimes referred to as the Church's 'best kept secret'. It is rarely preached on and encyclicals do not make the easiest reading. 

Former national secretary Maryanne Ure has compiled a collection which fit in with the liturgical readings and would be suitable for copying into parish bulletins to give people a 'taster'.

The documents are referred to by paragraph number.



Catholic Social Teaching   

Second Sunday in Lent, Year A - - 12 March 2017

On this earth there is room for everyone: here the entire human family must find the resources to live with dignity, through the help of nature itself — God's gift to his children — and through hard work and creativity. At the same time we must recognize our grave duty to hand the earth on to future generations in such a condition that they too can worthily inhabit it and continue to cultivate it.

Caritas in Vertitate, 50

First Sunday in Lent, Year A - 05 March 2017

How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality.

Evangelii Gaudium, 53

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A - 26 February 2017

A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace.

Evangelium Vitae, 101.

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A. - 19 February 2017

Inequality eventually engenders a violence which recourse to arms cannot and never will be able to resolve. It serves only to offer false hopes to those clamouring for heightened security, even though nowadays we know that weapons and violence, rather than providing solutions, create new and more serious conflicts.

Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), 60.

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 12 February 2017

In teaching us charity, the gospel instructs us in the preferential respect due to the poor and the special situation they have in society: the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others.

Octagesimo Adveniens 23

Second Sunday in Lent, Year A - - 12 February 2017

 The environment is God's gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole.

Caritas in Vertitate, 48.

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 05 February 2017

Jesus Christ proclaims formally that the poor are blessed ("Happy are the poor in spirit", Mt.5:3); most lovingly he invites all those who labour and mourn to come to him, the source of comfort ("Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened", Mt.11:28); with loving care he clasps closely to himself the lowly and oppressed.

Rerum Novarum 23

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A. - 29 January 2017

An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. 

Evangelii Gaudium, 83