Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 28 June 2015

Only love can completely transform the human person. Such a transformation does not mean the earthly dimension in a disembodied spirituality. Those who think they can live the supernatural virtue of love without taking into account its corresponding natural foundations, which includes justice, deceive themselves. Charity is the greatest social commandment. It respects others and their rights. It requires the practice of justice, and it alone makes us capable of it. Charity inspires a life of self-giving.

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, n583 
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 21 June 2015

‘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 
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 14 June 2015

Yet the workers' rights cannot be doomed to be the mere result of economic systems aimed at maximum profits. The thing that must shape the whole economy is respect for the workers' rights within each country and all through the world's economy.

John Paul II, Laborem Exercens, 17 
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Year B - 07 June 2015

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 
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Year B - 31 May 2015

‘[The laity’s] own field of evangelising activity is the vast and complicated world of politics, society and economics, but also the world of culture, of the sciences and the arts, of international life, of the mass media…. The more gospel-inspired lay people there are engaged in these realities, clearly involved in them…the more these realities will be at the service of the kingdom of God.’

Evangelii Nuntiandi, 70 
Solemnity of Pentecost Year B - 24 May 2015

‘The power of the Spirit, who raised Christ from the dead, is continuously at work in the world.  Through the generous sons and daughters of the Church likewise, the people of God is present in the midst of the poor and of those who suffer oppression and persecution; it lives in its own flesh and its own heart the Passion of Christ and bears witness to his resurrection.’

Justice in the World, 74 
7th Sunday of Easter Year B - 17 May 2015

‘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 
6th Sunday of Easter Year B - 10 May 2015

‘Everyone who has joined the ranks of Christ must be a glowing point of light in the world, a nucleus of love, a leaven of the whole mass.  He will be so in proportion to his degree of spiritual union of God.’

Pacem in Terris, 164 
5th Sunday of Easter Year B - 03 May 2015

‘The world will never be the dwelling-place of peace, till peace has found a home in the heart of each and everyone, till everyone preserves in himself the order ordained by God to be preserved.’

Pacem in Terris, 165