Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice. It holds that God has a special place in this story for each of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan isn’t just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or things we might do on Sundays, but that it involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as a responsible global citizens. Our part in this story is a kind-of vocation for the common good, a call to treat everyone as your brothers and sisters and is something that we all share.
The principle of Dignity of the Human Person - we know that everyone is important and valuable: no one is better than anyone else. We are each special because of God's Love
The principle of the Family and Community- We know that our family allows us to grow and flourish.
The principle of Option for the Poor and Vulnerable - we share what we have so that everyone gets some; we make sure the people who have the least get served first.
The principles of Rights and Responsibilities - Jesus wants the people who already have what they need to help others.
The principle of Stewardship of God's Creation – Care of our common home. We remember that the world is everyone’s home (even those people who haven’t been born yet!) and so we don’t mess it up.
The principle of Solidarity and the Common Good - we stick together, and when we find that people aren’t being treated well or are being taken advantage of, we work to make it fair for them.
The principle of Dignity of Rights of Workers- All people work in some way, their work should be sage and helpful to them. By our work we help ourselves and others.