Catholic Social Teaching is sometimes referred to as the Church's 'best kept secret'. In order to make it better known, we have chosen quotations would be suitable for copying into parish bulletins to give people a 'taster'.
(Nearest Sunday to World Day of Prayer for Peace (1 January))
We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.
Dialogue with Eugenio Scalfari, La Repubblica
“He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.”
The Canticle of Mary, Luke 1:51-53
“The exercise of solidarity within each society is valid when its members recognize one another as persons. Those who are more influential, because they have a greater share of goods and common services, should feel responsible for the weaker and be ready to share with them all they possess.”
Pope Saint John Paul II, Sollicitudo rei Socialis, para 39
(Nearest Sunday to International Human Rights Day (10 December))
“Every State has the primary duty to protect its own population from grave and sustained violations of human rights, as well as from the consequences of humanitarian crises, whether natural or man-made.”
Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations, 18 April 2008
(World AIDS Day is observed on 1 December)
“I have had time to journey with them and reflect with them, on the issues. I find myself now understanding that, “the Name of Jesus is written on the forehead of people who are HIV+”. They bear the wounds of suffering, of stigma and often rejection.”
Fr. John Sherrington CP Provincial of the Passionists of England & Wales, 4 December 2011
(Feast of Christ the King, and International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women)
“I pledge to protect and defend vulnerable people in the name of Jesus”
The Matthew 25 Pledge
Matthew 25:35-45 is the description of the coming of Christ the King, where Jesus says: How you treat the most vulnerable is how you treat me. The Matthew 25 Pledge began in the USA in early 2017 as a response to the political climate following the targeting of specific minority groups during Presidential election campaigning. It is described as a “rising up at the grassroots level and among faith leaders — within faith communities, congregations, denominations, seminaries, and faith-based organizations. Rather than just watching, grieving, and feeling sorry for what is happening to the most marginalized, who are named in the 25th chapter of Matthew, Christians can pledge to join together in circles of support in the name of Jesus.”
(World Day of the Poor 2018)
Love has no meaning if it isn’t shared. Love has to be put into action.
Saint Teresa of Kolkata
(Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday 2018)
“War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future.”
Pope Saint John Paul II