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   

Palm Sunday. Year A - 09 April 2017

 

Besides the good of the individual, there is a good that is linked to living in society: the common good. It is the good of “all of us”, made up of individuals, families and intermediate groups who together constitute society. It is a good that is sought not for its own sake, but for the people who belong to the social community and who can only really and effectively pursue their good within it. To desire the common good and strive towards it is a requirement of justice and charity.

Caritas in Veritate, 7.

 
 
Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A - 02 April 2017

 

We are the heirs of earlier generations, and we reap benefits from the efforts of our contemporaries; we are under obligation to all men. Therefore we cannot disregard the welfare of those who will come after us to increase the human family. The reality of human solidarity brings us not only benefits but also obligations

Populorum Progressio , 17.

 
 
Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A - 26 March 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 than we found it.” 

Evangelii Gaudium, 184

 
 
Third Sunday in Lent, Year A - 19 March 2017

“If someone who has the riches of this world sees his brother in need and closes his heart to him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 Jn 3:17). It is well known how strong were the words used by the Fathers of the Church to describe the proper attitude of persons who possess anything towards persons in need. To quote Saint Ambrose:“You are not making a gift of your possessions to the poor person. You are handing over to him what is his. For what has been given in common for the use of all, you have arrogated to yourself. The world is given to all, and not only to the rich.” 

Populorum Progressio, 23

 
 
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