Click on any of the links below for more materials focused on the intersection of social justice, charity, and faith in our lives and our world. This is nowhere near an exhaustive list, so if you find a really great website, book, or activity that would fit well here, please pass it along to us for inclusion!
If there is a particular topic or theme about which you would like to learn more, please contact our Coordinator of Justice & Charity in the office with suggestions of what can be added below. Also, keep in mind that our parish library has a whole section on justice, peace, and charity, as does the office for the Coordinator of Justice & Charity (firstname.lastname@example.org), so use those resources too!
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The seven principles/themes of Catholic social teaching (CST) are listed here. There are many resources available in our parish library and below on the internet that can help you learn more about this essential part of our Catholic faith.
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- The Call to Family, Community and Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
- Care for God’s Creation
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Check these out!
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – Overview of CST
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – Description of Seven CST Themes
- Los Siete Temas del Enseñanza Social Católica
- Quotations from various Catholic documents about CST
- Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish
- Catholic Charities USA
- Catholic Social Teaching: Faith in a Better World
- Sharing Catholic Social Teaching
- Catholic Social Teaching for Adults, Youth, and Children
- Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (from the Vatican/Pope John Paul II)
- Links to encyclicals and other papal documents on social teaching (check out especially “encyclicals” and “messages”)
- Enlaces a encíclicas y documentos del Vaticano
- List of foundational documents on Catholic social teaching
- Diocese of Richmond Office of Social Ministries
- Education for Justice
- Reading List on Catholic Social Teaching
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