Sunday, July 3, 2011

Catholic Social Teaching is a Treasure

Rich and poor have a common bond: the LORD is the maker of them all. – Proverbs 22:2

Find an excellent summary of Catholic Social Teaching at the Catholic Climate Covenant website:

The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of our society. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) outlines Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
(1) Life and Dignity of the Human Person,
(2) Call to Family, Community, and Participation,
(3) Rights and Responsibilities,
(4) Option for the Poor and Vulnerable,
(5) The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers,
(6) Solidarity,
(7) Care for God’s Creation.

“[W]e cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem without paying due attention both to the consequences of such interference in other areas and to the well-being of future generations.” (Blessed Pope John Paul II, 1990 World Day of Peace Message, No. 6)

The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. – Genesis 2:15

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