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A Gumberg Library Research Guide

Catholic Social Thought: Learning the Basics

Learn the Basics

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What is Catholic Social Teaching?

Catholic Social Teaching "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 Teaching

The key principles of Catholic Social Teaching 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 to many sorts of resources on Catholic Social Teaching 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.

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Official Documents on Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Thought: Going Deeper - Books

Introductory Books