Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

Feast of the Holy Family Year B - 28 December 2014

‘Side by side with wealthy and surfeited people and societies, living in plenty and ruled by consumerism and pleasure, the same human family contains individuals and groups that are suffering from hunger. There are babies dying of hunger under their mothers’ eyes. The state of inequality between nations not only still exists; it is increasing.’

Dives in Misericordia 11.3 
Christmas Day Year B - 25 December 2014

‘Let us, then pray with all fervour for this peace which our Divine Redeemer came to bring us. May he banish from the souls of all whatever might endanger peace. May he transform all into witnesses of truth, justice and love. May he illumine with his light the minds of rulers, so that, besides caring for the proper material welfare of their peoples, they may also guarantee them the fairest gift of peace.’

Pacem in Terris 171 
4th Sunday in Advent Year B - 21 December 2014

‘We also present to [Mary] social situations and the international crisis itself, in their worrying aspects of poverty, unemployment, shortage of food, the arms race, contempt for human rights and situations or dangers of conflict.’ ‘She is one who praises God the Father, because ‘he has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away’ (Lk.1:52-53).’

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis 49.1-2 
3rd Sunday in Advent Year B - 14 December 2014

‘...every individual should do as much as they can, as best they can, to counteract the slow pace of progress in some nations.  And it is to be hoped that individuals, social organisations and nations will join hands in brotherly fashion - the strong aiding the weak - all contributing their knowledge, their enthusiasm and their love to the task, without thinking of their own convenience.’

Populorum Progressio 75 
2nd Sunday in Advent Year B - 07 December 2014

‘Christians...should act as a leaven in the world, in their family, professional, social, cultural and political life. ...In this way they testify to the power of the Holy spirit through their action in the service of all....’

Justice in the World 38 
1st Sunday in Advent Year B - 30 November 2014

‘...the laity can also feel themselves called to work with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community, for its growth and life, by exercising a great variety of ministries according to the grace and charisms which the Lord is pleased to give them.’

Evangelii Nuntiandi 73 
Christ the Universal King Year A - 23 November 2014

“In his preaching, [Jesus] proclaimed the fatherhood of God towards all and the intervention of God’s justice on behalf of the needy and the oppressed. In this way he identified himself with his ‘least ones’, as he stated: ‘as you did it to one of the least ones, you did it to me’.”

Justice in the World 31 
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 16 November 2014

“Indeed, the Lord Jesus himself, in the parable of the talents, emphasises the severe treatment given to the man who dared hide the gift received.... It falls to us, who receive the gifts of God in order to make them fruitful, to ‘sow’ and ‘reap’. If we do not, even what we have will be taken away from us.”

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis 30.6 
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Year A - 09 November 2014

“…our faith demands of us a certain sparingness in use [of temporal possessions], and the Church is obliged to live and administer its own goods in such a way that the gospel is proclaimed to the poor. If instead the Church appears to be among the rich and the powerful of this world its credibility is diminished”

Justice in the World, 47 
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Year A - 02 November 2014

Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection, that we may bring to all the Gospel of life which triumphs over death. Give us a holy courage to seek new paths, that the gift of unfading beauty may reach every man and woman.

Prayer of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 288