Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 02 August 2015

‘‘Thus the Lord unites us with himself through the eucharist – sacrament and sacrifice – and he unites us with himself and with one another by a bond stronger than any natural union; and thus united, he sends us into the whole world to bear witness through faith and works to God’s love, preparing the coming of his kingdom and anticipating it.’

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 48.4 
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 26 July 2015

‘The purpose of this [pontifical] commission is ‘to awaken in the people of God full awareness of their mission today. In this way they can further the progress of poorer nations and international social justice, as well as help less developed nations to contribute to their own development.’ The name of this commission, Justice and Peace, aptly describes its programme and its goal. We are sure that all people of good will will want to join our fellow Catholics and fellow Christians in carrying out this programme.’

Populorum Progressio, 5 
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 19 July 2015

‘The goal of peace, so desired by everyone, will certainly be achieved through the putting into effect of social and international justice, but also through the practice of the virtues which favour togetherness and which teach us to live in unity, so as to build in unity, by giving and receiving a new society and a better world.’

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 39.9 
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 12 July 2015

‘[the Church] is trying more and more to encourage large numbers of Christians to devote themselves to the liberation of all. She is providing these Christian ‘liberators’ with the inspiration of faith, the motivation of fraternal love, a social teaching which the true Christian cannot ignore and which he must make the foundation of his wisdom and of his experience in order to translate it concretely into forms of action, participation and commitment. All this must characterise the spirit of a committed Christian.’

Evangelii Nuntiandi, 38 
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 05 July 2015

‘We cannot in truthfulness call upon that God who is the father of all if we refuse to act in a brotherly way towards certain people, created in God’s image. One’s relationship with God the Father and his relationship with his brothers and sisters are so linked together that scripture says: ‘he who does not love does not know God’ (1 John 4:8).’

Octagesimo Adveniens, 17.2 
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 28 June 2015

Only love can completely transform the human person. Such a transformation does not mean the earthly dimension in a disembodied spirituality. Those who think they can live the supernatural virtue of love without taking into account its corresponding natural foundations, which includes justice, deceive themselves. Charity is the greatest social commandment. It respects others and their rights. It requires the practice of justice, and it alone makes us capable of it. Charity inspires a life of self-giving.

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, n583 
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 21 June 2015

‘Solidarity helps us to see the ‘other’ – whether a person, people or nation – not just as some kind of instrument, with a work capacity and physical strength to be exploited at low cost and then discarded when no longer useful, but as our ‘neighbour’, a ‘helper’, (cf. Gn.2:18-20) to be made a sharer on a par with ourselves in the banquet of life to which all are equally invited by God.’

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 39.4 
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 14 June 2015

Yet the workers' rights cannot be doomed to be the mere result of economic systems aimed at maximum profits. The thing that must shape the whole economy is respect for the workers' rights within each country and all through the world's economy.

John Paul II, Laborem Exercens, 17 
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Year B - 07 June 2015

The Kingdom of God becomes present above all in the celebration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which is the Lord's Sacrifice…All of us who take part in the Eucharist are called to discover, through this Sacrament, the profound meaning of our actions in the world in favour of development and peace; and to receive from it the strength to commit ourselves ever more generously, following the example of Christ, who in this Sacrament lays down his life for his friends (cf. Jn 15:13). Our personal commitment, like Christ's and in union with his, will not be in vain but certainly fruitful.

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, n48