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.

- Evangelii Nuntiandi
- Gaudium et Spes
- Justice in the World
- Laborem Exercens
- Octogesima Adveniens
- Populorum Progressio
- Rerum Novarum
- Sollicitudo Rei Socialis

Catholic Social Teaching   

Feast of Christ the King Year C - 20 November 2016

... While the Church is proclaiming the kingdom of God and building it up, she is establishing herself in the midst of the world as the sign and instrument of this kingdom which is and which is to come.

Evangelii Nuntiandi 59.3 
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 13 November 2016

Many Christians are drawn to give authentic witness on behalf of justice by various modes of action for justice, action inspired by love in accordance with the grace which they have received from God.

Justice in the world 39 
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 06 November 2016

The teaching and spreading of her social doctrine are part of the Church’s evangelising mission. And since it is a doctrine aimed at guiding people’s behaviour, it consequently gives rise to a ‘commitment to justice,’ ...

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis 41.8 
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 30 October 2016

... The solidarity which binds all together as members of a common family makes it impossible for wealthy nations to look with indifference upon the hunger, misery and poverty of other nations whose citizens are unable to enjoy even elementary human rights.

Mater et Magistra 157 
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 23 October 2016

This split between the faith which many profess and their daily lives deserves to be counted among the more serious errors of our age. ... The Christian who neglects his temporal duties, neglects his duties toward his neighbour and even God, and jeopardises his eternal salvation.

Gaudium et Spes 43 
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 16 October 2016

This council exhorts Christians, as citizens of two cities, to strive to discharge their earthly duties conscientiously and in response to the gospel spirit. ...

Gaudium et Spes 43 
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 09 October 2016

The Church shares with the people of our time this profound and ardent desire for a life which is just in every aspect, nor does she fail to examine the various aspects of the sort of justice that the life of people and society demands. ... On the lines of this teaching proceed the education and formation of human consciences in the spirit of justice ...

Dives in Misericordia 12.1 
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 02 October 2016

... The experience of the past and of our own time demonstrates that justice alone is not enough, that it can even lead to the negation and destruction of itself, if that deeper power, which is love, is not allowed to shape life in its various dimensions.

Dives in Misericordia 12.2 
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 25 September 2016

... this council lays stress on reverence for all; everyone must consider every neighbour without exception as another self, taking into account first of all life and the means necessary to living it with dignity, so as not to imitate the rich man who had no concern for the poor man Lazarus.

Gaudium et Spes 27