Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

2nd Sunday in Lent Year B - 01 March 2015

‘A consistent theme of Catholic Social Teaching is the option of love of preference for the poor.  Today, this preference has to be expressed in worldwide dimensions, embracing the immense numbers of the hungry, the needy the homeless, those without medical care, and those without hope.’

On Social Concern 42 
1st Sunday in Lent Year B - 22 February 2015

‘The way society responds to the needs of the poor through its public policies is the litmus test of its justice or injustice.’

Economic Justice for All 123 
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 15 February 2015

‘Yet He frees all so that by putting aside love of self and bringing all earthly resources into the service of human life they can devote themselves to that future when humanity itself will become an offering accepted by God.’

Gaudium et Spes 38 
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 08 February 2015

‘For unless the Christian message of love and justice shows its effectiveness through action in the cause of justice in the world, it will only with difficulty gain credibility with the people of our times.’

Justice in the World 35 
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 01 February 2015

The laity should take up as their own proper task the renewal of the temporal order. If the role of the hierarchy is to teach and to interpret authentically the norms of morality to be followed in this matter, it belongs to the laity, without waiting passively for orders and directives, to take the initiatives freely and to infuse a Christian spirit into the mentality, customs, laws and structures of the community in which they live.

Populorum Progressio, n33 
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 25 January 2015

‘In a word, adherence to the kingdom, that is to say the ‘new world’, to the new state of things, to the new manner of being, of living, of living in community, which the gospel inaugurates.... Thus those whose life has been transformed enter a community which is itself a sign of transformation, a sign of newness of life:...’

Evangelii Nuntiandi 23 
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 18 January 2015

‘The good news proclaimed by the witness of life sooner or later has to be proclaimed by the word of life. There is no true evangelisation if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed.’

Evangelii Nuntiandi 22 
Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord Year B - 11 January 2015

‘One’s neighbour is then not only a human being...but becomes the living image of God the Father, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and placed under the permanent action of the Holy Spirit. One’s neighbour must therefore be loved, even if an enemy, with the same love with which the Lord loves him or her;….’

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis 40.1 
Solemnity of the Epiphany Year B (Justice & Peace Sunday) - 04 January 2015

‘For unless enmities and hatred are put away and firm, honest agreements concerning world peace are reached in the future, humanity, which already is in the middle of a grave crisis,...will perhaps be brought to that dismal hour in which it will experience no peace other than the dreadful peace of death...[But the Church]intends to propose to our age over and over again.. this apostolic message: ‘Behold, now is the acceptable time for a change of heart; behold! now is the day of salvation.’

Gaudium et Spes 82.3