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'.
(UN International Day of Peace is observed on 21 September)
“True justice is the harvest reaped by peacemakers from seeds sown in the spirit of peace.”
“Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.”
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.”
Saint Francis of Assisi
The world is not something indifferent, raw material to be utilized simply as we see fit. Rather, it is part of God's good plan, in which all of us are called to be sons and daughters in the one Son of God, Jesus Christ
Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis, para 92
(Sunday before International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its abolition (23 August))
“We warn and adjure earnestly in the Lord … that no one in the future dare to vex anyone, despoil him of his possessions, reduce to servitude, … in contempt of the rights of justice and humanity, bought, sold, and devoted sometimes to the hardest labour.”
Pope Gregory XVI, In Supremo Apostolatus
‘In Supremo Apostolatus’ is the Papal Bull issued by Pope Gregory XVI on 3 December 1839 condemning both the slave trade, and the institution of slavery.
“The Church encompasses with love all who are afflicted with human suffering and in the poor and afflicted sees the image of its poor and suffering Founder. It does all it can to relieve their need and in them it strives to serve Christ.”
Lumen Gentium, para 8
“Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security.”
Pope Francis, Address to Participants ‘Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament, 10 November 2017
The use of nuclear weapons against the people of Hiroshima (6 August), and Nagasaki (9 August) in 1945 are commemorated this week.
“Today Christ tells us it isn’t enough to distribute bread to those who haven’t got any. The essential thing is to work toward the creation of a more just world, in which there will no longer be a minority owning too much, among such multitudes of hungry people.”
Archbishop Hélder Câmara
“Nevertheless, he [the Good Shepherd] goes looking for that one, because every one is very important to him and that one is in the most need, is the most abandoned, most discarded; and he goes to look for it.”
Pope Francis, General Audience, 4 May 2016