Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 19 June 2016

‘Solidarity helps us to see the ‘other’ – whether a person, people or nation – not just as some kind of instrument, with a work capacity and physical strength to be exploited at low cost and then discarded when no longer useful, but as our ‘neighbour’, a ‘helper’, (cf. Gn.2:18-20) to be made a sharer on a par with ourselves in the banquet of life to which all are equally invited by God.’

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 39.4 
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 12 June 2016

Is it not here that there appears a radical limitation to economics? Economic activity is necessary and, if it is at the service of people, it can be “a source of brotherhood and a sign of Providence.” ... Yet it runs the risk of taking up too much strength and freedom. This is why the need is felt to pass from economics to politics.

Octogesima Adveniens, n46 
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 05 June 2016

Our action is to be directed above all at those people and nations which because of various forms of oppression and because of the present character of our society are silent, indeed voiceless, victims of injustice.

Justice in the World 20 
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Year C - 29 May 2016

The Kingdom of God becomes present above all in the celebration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which is the Lord's Sacrifice…All of us who take part in the Eucharist are called to discover, through this Sacrament, the profound meaning of our actions in the world in favour of development and peace; and to receive from it the strength to commit ourselves ever more generously, following the example of Christ, who in this Sacrament lays down his life for his friends (cf. Jn 15:13). Our personal commitment, like Christ's and in union with his, will not be in vain but certainly fruitful.

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, n48 
Trinity Sunday Year C - 22 May 2016

The Catholic social mission is also carried forward by believers who join unions, neighbourhood organisations, business groups, civic associations, the pro-life movement, groups working for justice, or environmental, civil rights or peace groups. It is advanced by Christians who stand up for the values of the Gospel. This mission is the task of countless Christians living their faith without much fanfare or recognition, who are quietly building a better society by their choices and actions day by day. They protect human life, defend those who are poor, seek the common good, work for peace, and promote human dignity.

US Bishops, Everyday Christianity, 1998, Intro 
Pentecost Sunday Year C - 15 May 2016

“ . . it is only after the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost that the apostles depart to all the ends of the earth in order to begin the great work of the Church’s evangelisation. . . . The Spirit who causes Peter, Paul and the twelve to speak, and who inspires the words that they are to utter, also comes down ‘on those who heard the word’.”

Evangelii Nuntiandi, p.75.1 
Seventh Sunday of Easter Year C - 08 May 2016

‘It is the person who is motivated by genuine love, more than anyone else, who pits his intelligence against the problems of poverty, trying to uncover the causes and looking for effective ways of combating and overcoming them.’

Populorum Progressio, 75 
Sixth Sunday of Easter Year C - 01 May 2016

“. . . . The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church.  It is he who explains to the faithful the deep meaning of the teaching of Jesus and of his mystery.  It is the Holy Spirit who, today just as at the beginning of the Church, acts in every evangeliser who allows himself to be possessed and led by him.  The Holy Spirit places on his lips the words which he could not find by himself, and at the same time the Holy Spirit predisposes the soul of the hearer to be open and receptive to the good news and to the kingdom being proclaimed.”

Evangelii Nuntiandi, 75.2