Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) at a Glance

What is CST?

It’s an anthropology — a moral theology that addresses the origin, nature and destiny of human beings. It helps us understand who we are and how we’re called to live in community with one another. CST also it helps us make sense of the complex problems in the world today, as well as how to apply the Church’s moral vision to those problems.

Key CST Themes

Life and Dignity of the Human Person: Every human life is sacred and should be treated with great dignity.

Call to Family, Communion and Participation: We are called to communion with one another in the family and in society. The family in particular, as the first human community, must be supported and strengthened.

Rights and Responsibilities: Every person has a right to live, as well as the responsibility to fulfill our duties to our family, neighbors and society.

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable: Both individuals and society are called to treat the poorest and the most vulnerable with special attention and compassion.

The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers: Work is one of the ways in which men image God, the Creator, and is meant for the good of men; men are not for the good of work.

Solidarity: As one human family, we are obliged to pursue peace and justice for all.

Care for God’s Creation: We show our respect for God’s creation by exercising good stewardship.

Resources for CST

Many online resources for Catholic Social Teaching are provided on this website.