The principles of Catholic Social Teaching are often referred to as the church’s “best kept secret”.  While these principles are at the heart of Christian living, sadly many Catholics are either unaware of the them, or simply ignore them, often due to the challenge and personal cost involved in putting the principles into concrete practice. The biblical understanding of “justice,” right relationship with God, others, the human family and all of creation, undergirds Catholic Social Teaching.  God calls us to honor, respect and protect the dignity and worth of every human person, along with all that God created. Knowing the principles of Catholic Social Teaching is essential in faithful Christian living, guiding us in building up the reign of God on earth, based on justice and right relationship the human family and with all of God’s creation.

Part 1 – DYK what Catholic Social Teaching is and how it originated?

Part 2 – DYK the Catholic understanding of human life, rights and dignity?

Part 3 – DYK why solidarity, the common good and participation undergird Catholic Social Teaching?

Part 4 – DYK the role the family plays in Catholic Social Teaching?

Reflection Questions for Catholic Social Teaching

Part 5 – DYK how subsidiarity and the role of government is understood in Catholic Social Teaching?

Part 6 – DYK the meaning of respecting life in our Christian tradition?

Part 7 – DYK why Catholic Social Teaching insists on the dignity of work, the rights of workers and the support of labor unions?

Part 8 – DYK how Catholic Social Teaching assesses the universal purpose of goods?

Part 9 – DYK why Catholic Social Teaching insists on the preferential option for the poor?

Part 10 – DYK how Catholic Social Teaching promotes peace and disarmament?

Part 11 – DYK why care for God’s creation is paramount in Catholic Social Teaching?

Part 12 – DYK why Catholic Social Teaching is at the heart of Christian living?

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