Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching   

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) Year B - 29 March 2015

’It is everyone’s duty, but especially that of Christians, to work with energy for the establishment of universal brotherhood, the indispensable basis for authentic justice and the condition for enduring peace....’

Octagesimo Adveniens, 17.2 
5th Sunday in Lent Year B - 22 March 2015

‘Christians must first of all renew their confidence in the forcefulness and special character of the demands made by the gospel.; The gospel is not out of date.... its inspiration, enriched by the living experience of Christian tradition over the centuries, remains ever new....’

Octagesimo Adveniens, 4.1 
4th Sunday in Lent Year B (SCIAF Sunday) - 15 March 2015

‘... the present state of affairs must be confronted boldly, and its concomitant injustices must be challenged and overcome.  Continuing development calls for bold innovations that will work profound changes.... Everyone must lend a ready hand to this task, particularly those who can do most by reason of their education, their office, or their authority.’

Populorum Progressio 32 
3rd Sunday in Lent Year B - 08 March 2015

‘In teaching us charity, the Gospel instructs us in the preferential respect due to the poor and the special situation they have in society: the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others.’

A Call to Action 23 
2nd Sunday in Lent Year B - 01 March 2015

‘A consistent theme of Catholic Social Teaching is the option of love of preference for the poor.  Today, this preference has to be expressed in worldwide dimensions, embracing the immense numbers of the hungry, the needy the homeless, those without medical care, and those without hope.’

On Social Concern 42 
1st Sunday in Lent Year B - 22 February 2015

‘The way society responds to the needs of the poor through its public policies is the litmus test of its justice or injustice.’

Economic Justice for All 123 
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 15 February 2015

‘Yet He frees all so that by putting aside love of self and bringing all earthly resources into the service of human life they can devote themselves to that future when humanity itself will become an offering accepted by God.’

Gaudium et Spes 38 
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 08 February 2015

‘For unless the Christian message of love and justice shows its effectiveness through action in the cause of justice in the world, it will only with difficulty gain credibility with the people of our times.’

Justice in the World 35 
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 01 February 2015

The laity 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 orders and directives, to take the initiatives freely and to infuse a Christian spirit into the mentality, customs, laws and structures of the community in which they live.

Populorum Progressio, n33