Social Teachings

The social mission of the Catholic Church is an essential and constitutive part of our faith. These are the basic principles of Catholic Social Teachings.

Principle of the Dignity of the Human Person

Every human person has infinite dignity. All of society must be directed towards the well-being of the human person.

Principle of Association

Human persons are meant to be in community and have a right to freely associate with one another to achieve the common good.

Principle of Participation

All human persons have a right and duty to take action in what determines their well-being and future.

Principle of the Common Good

We must seek the good of the broader community – that is, each person, every person and the whole person – and not just our own interests.

Principle of the Universal Destination of Goods

God intended for all the world’s resources to be enjoyed by everyone, and not just a few people. We should have a preferential option for the poor and see to it that the most vulnerable have what they need.

Principle of Solidarity

Every human person is deeply connected of every other person. We are called to stand together as one human family.

Principle of the Dignity of Human Work

The human person’s intrinsic dignity means that human work is holy as well. Moreover, everyone should have working conditions worthy of the children of God.

Principle of the Dignity of Creation

Creation is holy because this is where we relate to God. We are the earth’s stewards, helping to bring the world towards salvation.

Principle of the Promotion of Peace

We have a duty to seek lasting peace, which implies right relationships all around – with God, self, others and all creation.

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