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Catholic Social Thought: Welcome!


Detail from the painting Healing of the Blind Man, by Duccio di Buoninsegna, 14th century. Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons


Click the button above to visit the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) website, home of the Catholic Portal, a catalog of rare, unique, and uncommon Catholic scholarly materials in the library collections of the over 40 member institutions of the CRRA. An ever-growing number of the items listed may contain links to the full-text!

CRRA has a growing collection of subject guides to assist users of their website in doing research. Click the link below to see these subject guides.

CRRA Subject Guides


What is Catholic Social Thought?

Catholic Social Thought, "or the social teaching of the Church refers to the developing body of Catholic thought about political, economic, ethical, and cultural questions as these relate to the common good. The Church has no political or economic theories per se...but the Church may judge social theory and practice from the standpoint of faith and morals, especially in the light of the virtue of justice."         

        from the Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine


 Principles of Catholic Social Thought

The key principles of Catholic Social Thought are:

                Human Dignity                            Dignity of Work and Workers
                The Common Good Stewardship of Creation
                Rights and Responsibilities Solidarity
                The Option for the Poor The Role of Government

       from Key Principles of Catholic Social Thought, Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis


This research guide will lead you through the various steps of researching Catholic Social Thought as a general topic, and to finding different kinds of information on Church teaching on specific social issues. Use the tabs at the top of the page to move through the different sections of the guide.