Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

Feast of the Holy Family Year C - 27 December 2015

‘In our times a special obligation binds us to make ourselves the neighbour of every person without exception, and of actively helping him when he comes across our path, whether he be an old person abandoned by all, a foreign labourer unjustly looked down upon, a refugee, … or a hungry person who disturbs our conscience by recalling the voice of the Lord, ‘As long as you did it for one of the least of these, you did it for me’(Matt. 25:40).’

Gaudium et Spes, p.27.1 
Fourth Sunday of Advent Year C - 20 December 2015

‘…may Christ inflame the desires of all…to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong. Through his power and inspiration may all peoples welcome each other to their hearts…, and may the peace they long for ever flower and ever reign among them.’

Pacem in Terris, p.171 
Third Sunday of Advent Year C - 13 December 2015

‘Today…this love of preference for the poor and the decisions which it inspires in us, cannot but embrace the immense multitudes of the hungry, the needy, the homeless, those without medical care and, above all, those without hope of a better future.’

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, p.42.3 
Second Sunday of Advent Year C - 06 December 2015

‘Let Christians therefore be convinced that they will yet find the fruits of their own nature and effort cleansed of all impurities in the new earth which God is now preparing for them, and in which there will be the kingdom of justice and love, a kingdom which will be fully perfected when the Lord will come himself.’

Justice in the World, p.75 
First Sunday of Advent Year C - 29 November 2015

‘According to St. Paul, the whole of the Christian life is summed up in faith effecting that love and service of neighbour which involved the fulfilment of the demands of justice.’

Justice in the World, p.33 
Solemnity of Christ, Universal King Year B - 22 November 2015

‘Hope in the coming kingdom is already beginning to take root in the hearts of men and women. The radical transformation of the world in the paschal mystery of the Lord gives full meaning to the efforts of men and women, and in particular of the young, to lessen injustice, violence and hatred and to advance all together in justice, freedom, brotherhood and love.’

Justice in the World, 76 
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 15 November 2015

‘May the day come when international relationships will be characterised by respect and friendship, when mutual co-operation will be the hallmark of collaborative efforts, and when concerted effort for the betterment of all nations will be regarded as a duty by every nation.’

Populorum Progressio, 65 
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 08 November 2015

‘We cannot proceed to increase the wealth and power of the rich while we entrench the needy in their poverty and add to the woes of the oppressed.’

Populorum Progressio, p.33 
Solemnity of All Saints Year B - 01 November 2015

‘The deep feelings of paternal love for all humankind which God has implanted in our hearts make it impossible for us to view without bitter anguish of spirit the plight of those who for political reasons have been exiled from their own homelands. There are great numbers of such refugees at this present time, and many are the sufferings – the incredible sufferings – to which they are constantly exposed.’

Pacem in Terris, 103