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'In order to make it better known, we have chosen quotations would be suitable for copying into parish bulletins to give people a 'taster'.


Catholic Social Teaching   

Seventeenth Sunday of the year, Year A - 30 July 2017


All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvement and talents.

Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Sixteenth Sunday of the year, Year A - 23 July 2017


But I want you to make yourselves heard in your dioceses, I want the noise to go out, I want the Church to go out onto the streets, want us to resist everything worldly, everything static, everything comfortable, everything to do with clericalism, everything that might make us closed in on ourselves.

Pope Francis  Address to Rio WYD pilgrims from Argentina, 25th July 2013

Fifteenth Sunday of the year, Year A - 16 July 2017


The Church with "goes forth" is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice.  An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first, and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast.

Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium  Para 24


Fourteenth Sunday of the year, Year A - 09 July 2017


Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification.  To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.

Pope Francis 'In his own words'


Thirteenth Sunday of the year, Year A - 02 July 2017


At times we find it hard to make room for God's unconditional love in our pastoral activity.  We put so many conditions on mercy that we empty it of its concrete meaning and real significance.  That is the worst way of watering down the gospel.

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, Para 311