Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

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 
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 25 October 2015

‘Out of regard for Christ…the Church cannot remain insensible to whatever serves man’s true welfare, any more than she can remain indifferent to what threatens it.’

Redemptor Hominis, 13.1 
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 18 October 2015

‘In [Christ’s] preaching he proclaimed the fatherhood of God towards all and the intervention of God’s justice on behalf of the needy and the oppressed (Luke 6:21-23). In this way he identified himself with his ‘least brethren’, as he stated: ‘As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me’ (Matt. 25:40).’

Justice in the World, 31 
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 11 October 2015

‘Thus the exclusive pursuit of material possessions prevent man’s growth as a human being and stands in opposition to his true grandeur. Avarice, in individuals and in nations, is the most obvious form of stultified moral development.’

Populorum Progressio, 19 
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 04 October 2015

‘Thus the family, in which the various generations come together and help one another grow wiser and harmonise personal rights with the other requirements of social life, is the foundation of society.’

Gaudium et Spes, 52.1 
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 27 September 2015

‘The gap between most of the richest countries and the poorest ones is not diminishing or being stabilised, but is increasing more and more to the detriment, obviously, of the poor countries.’

Laborem Exercens, 17.2 
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 20 September 2015

‘The freedom with which Christ has set us free encourages us to become the servants of all. Thus the process of development and liberation takes concrete shape in the exercise of solidarity, that is to say, in the love and service of neighbour, especially of the poorest:’

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 46.6 
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 13 September 2015

Thus, far from thinking that works produced by human talent and energy are in opposition to God's power, and that the rational creature exists as a kind of rival to the Creator, Christians are convinced that the triumphs of the human race are a sign of God's grace and the flowering of His own mysterious design. For the greater human power becomes, the farther individual and community responsibility extends. Hence it is clear that people are not deterred by the Christian message from building up the world, or impelled to neglect the welfare of their fellows, but that they are rather more stringently bound to do these very things.

Gaudium et Spes, n34