The Church has always stood for charity and justice. She has developed teachings regarding God’s will for living as a society. These teachings or social doctrine come from:
- Lumen Gentium
- Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
- Encyclicals (letters by the Pope to the Bishops of the world)
- Pastoral Letters by Bishops focusing on specific issues in their countries
Some of the major encyclicals and pastorals letters from the modern era are:
- Rerum Novarum (The Condition of Labor) - Pope Leo XIII, 1891
- Quadragesimo Anno (The Reconstruction of the Social Order) - Pope Pius XI, 1931
- Mater et Magistra (Christianity and Social Progress) - Pope John XXIII, 1961
- Laborem Exercens (On Human Work) - Pope John Paul II, 1981
- Economic Justice for All - US Bishops, 1986
All of the Church’s social teaching is rooted in the fundamental principal of the sacredness of human life and dignity of every individual.
For more information and resources that increase awareness of Catholic social teaching and offer opportunities to live out our Baptismal call to love God and our neighbor, click here to visit the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.