Day 1: Monday, December 3, 2012

What is Catholic Social Teaching?

"For the Catholic faithful, the commitment to build peace and justice is not secondary but essential." – Pope John Paul II, World Day of Peace Message 2000

"The Scriptures say, 'Without a vision the people perish' (Prv. 29:18). As Catholics, we have an inspiring vision in our social teaching. In a world that hungers for a sense of meaning and moral direction, this teaching offers ethical criteria for action. In a society of rapid change and often confused moral values, this teaching offers consistent moral guidance for the future. For Catholics, this social teaching is a central part of our identity. In the words of John Paul II, it is 'genuine doctrine.'" - Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, no. 5

What is Catholic Social Teaching?