Catholic Social Teaching

What is Catholic Social Teaching  (CST) ?
The Catholic Church holds a rich body of teaching which serves to inform us as we take faithful action in response to the complex  societal and personal issues in our life and world.  Known as Catholic social teaching (CST), this compilation of Papal and Episcopal documents came into being over the last 100 years as the modern era emerged. Although CST is a relatively new body of teaching it reaches back to our scripture and tradition to shed light on how to understand current social issues and act as people of faith.
The first document, “Rerum Novarum” (On the Condition of Workers) came at the turn of the century when Pope Leo XIII was compelled to respond to the rise of the industrial revolution and the conditions it brought to society; and workers in particular.  Since then, Church leaders have addressed unfolding social issues such as economic justice, care of the environment, the nuclear arms race, peace and disarmament, global solidarity and development, racism, violence and the criminal justice system. The fullness of this tradition, though best understood through a reading of the original texts, can become familiar to us through an understanding of the Key Principles of Catholic social teaching.
Each month the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea explores one of the key principles of CST in the bulletin, on the parish web site, and on FACEBOOK.   There are also many other opportunities throughout the year to learn more about these teachings and the Church’s Social Justice Tradition.
For more information on Catholic Social Teaching, visit United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Social Teaching).
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Seven Major Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Life and Dignity of the Human Person “Human life is sacred and human dignity is the foundation of a moral vision for society.”
Call to Family, Community, and Participation “Human beings are social beings. Our participation in our families, our communities, and in society is a reflection of our faith.”
Rights and Responsibilities “If you want peace, work for justice.”
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable “”Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers “The economy should serve the people, not the other way around.”
Solidarity “We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.”
Care for God’s Creation “We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation.”