Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

Christ the Universal King Year A - 23 November 2014

“In his preaching, [Jesus] proclaimed the fatherhood of God towards all and the intervention of God’s justice on behalf of the needy and the oppressed. In this way he identified himself with his ‘least ones’, as he stated: ‘as you did it to one of the least ones, you did it to me’.”

Justice in the World 31 
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 16 November 2014

“Indeed, the Lord Jesus himself, in the parable of the talents, emphasises the severe treatment given to the man who dared hide the gift received.... It falls to us, who receive the gifts of God in order to make them fruitful, to ‘sow’ and ‘reap’. If we do not, even what we have will be taken away from us.”

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis 30.6 
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Year A - 09 November 2014

“…our faith demands of us a certain sparingness in use [of temporal possessions], and the Church is obliged to live and administer its own goods in such a way that the gospel is proclaimed to the poor. If instead the Church appears to be among the rich and the powerful of this world its credibility is diminished”

Justice in the World, 47 
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Year A - 02 November 2014

Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection, that we may bring to all the Gospel of life which triumphs over death. Give us a holy courage to seek new paths, that the gift of unfading beauty may reach every man and woman.

Prayer of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 288 
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 26 October 2014

“And it is to be hoped that individuals, social organisations and nations will join hands in brotherly fashion - the strong aiding the weak - all contributing their knowledge, their enthusiasm and their love to the task, without thinking of their own convenience.”

Populorum Progressio 75 
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 19 October 2014

“A deeper study of [Mt.25:26-28] will make us commit ourselves more resolutely to the duty, which is urgent for everyone today, to work together for the full development of others; ‘development of the whole human being and of all people.’”

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis 30.7 
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 12 October 2014

“...the laity can also feel themselves called, or be called, to work with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community, for its growth and life, by exercising a great variety of ministries according to the grace and the charisms which the Lord is pleased to give them.”

Evangelii Nuntiandi 73 
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 05 October 2014

“Going from town to town, preaching to the poorest - and frequently the most receptive - the joyful news of the fulfilment of the promises and of the covenant offered by God is the mission for which Jesus declares that he is sent by the father.”

Evangelii Nuntiandi 6.1 
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 28 September 2014

“Hand in hand go a certain abuse of freedom by one group - an abuse linked precisely with a consumer attitude uncontrolled by ethics - and a limitation by it of the freedom of the others, that is to say those suffering marked shortages and being driven to conditions of even worse misery and destitution.”

Justice in the World, 34