Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

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 
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 06 September 2015

‘The Church directs her attention to these new ‘poor’ – the handicapped and the maladjusted, the old, different groups of those on the fringe of society, and so on – in order to recognize them, help them, defend their place and dignity in a society hardened by competition and the attraction of success.’

Octagesimo Adveniens, 15.2 
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 30 August 2015

‘The Church as received from Christ the mission of preaching the gospel message, which contains a call to all to turn away from sin to the love of the Father, universal brotherhood and a consequent demand for justice in the world. This is the reason why the Church has the right, indeed the duty, to proclaim justice on the social, national and international level, and to denounce instances of injustice, when the fundamental rights of men and women and their very salvation demand it.’

Justice in the World, 36 
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 23 August 2015

‘It is to all Christians that we address a fresh and insistent call to action…’Laypeople 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 offers and directives, to take the initiative freely and to infuse a Christian spirit into the mentality, customs, laws and structures of the community in which they live’.’

Octagesimo Adveniens, 48.1 
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 16 August 2015

‘Beyond human and natural bonds…there is discerned in the light of faith a new model of the unity of the human race, which must ultimately inspire our solidarity. This supreme model of unity, which is a reflection of the intimate life of God, one God in three Persons, is what we Christians mean by the word communion.’

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 40.2 
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 09 August 2015

‘Human society…demands that all be guided by justice, respect the rights of others and do their duty. It demands, too that they be animated by such love as will make them feel the needs of others as their own, and induce them to share their goods with others, and to strive in the world to make all alike heirs to the noblest of intellectual and spiritual values.’

Pacem in Terris, 35