A Catholic Social Teaching message from Pope Paul VI: "If you want Peace, work for Justice."

The Church's Best Kept Secret

Catholic Social Teaching is sometimes referred to as the Church's 'best kept secret'.

It is rarely preached on and encyclicals do not make the easiest reading.

Former national secretary Maryanne Ure has compiled a collection which fit in with the liturgical readings and would be suitable for copying into parish bulletins to give people a 'taster'.

The documents are referred to by paragraph number.

- Evangelii Nuntiandi
- Gaudium et Spes
- Justice in the World
- Laborem Exercens
- Octogesima Adveniens
- Populorum Progressio
- Rerum Novarum
- Sollicitudo Rei Socialis

Catholic Social Teaching   

Fourth Sunday of Advent Year A - 18 December 2016

That earthly peace which arises from love of neighbour symbolises and results from the peace of Christ which radiates from God the father.

Gaudium et Spes 78.2 
Third Sunday of Advent Year A - 11 December 2016

In the Old Testament God reveals himself to us as the liberator of the oppressed and the defender of the poor, demanding from us faith in him and justice towards one’s neighbour. It is only in the observance of the duties of justice that God is truly recognised as the liberator of the oppressed.

Justice in the World 30 
Second Sunday of Advent Year A - 04 December 2016

It is not just a question of fighting wretched conditions, though this is an urgent and necessary task. It involves building a human community where everyone can live truly human lives, free from discrimination on account of race, religion or nationality, free from servitude to others ... It involves building a human community where liberty is not an idle word ...

Populorum Progressio 47 
First Sunday of Advent Year A - 27 November 2016

There may be, and sometimes is, a clash of interests among states, each striving for its own development. When differences of this sort arise, they must be settled in a truly human way, not by armed force nor by deceit or trickery.

Pacem in Terris 93 
Feast of Christ the King Year C - 20 November 2016

... While the Church is proclaiming the kingdom of God and building it up, she is establishing herself in the midst of the world as the sign and instrument of this kingdom which is and which is to come.

Evangelii Nuntiandi 59.3 
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 13 November 2016

Many Christians are drawn to give authentic witness on behalf of justice by various modes of action for justice, action inspired by love in accordance with the grace which they have received from God.

Justice in the world 39 
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C - 06 November 2016

The teaching and spreading of her social doctrine are part of the Church’s evangelising mission. And since it is a doctrine aimed at guiding people’s behaviour, it consequently gives rise to a ‘commitment to justice,’ ...

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis 41.8