Catholic Social Teaching | Lessons and Activities

Catholic social teachings are essential elements of our faith. They are rooted in the writing of the Hebrew prophets who proclaimed God's special love for the poor and called God's people to live with love and justice. Jesus’ life and words are the foundation for our teachings.

They form our understanding of all human life and what is necessary for humans to live with the dignity accorded to us, because we are created in the image of God. Since this dignity comes from God, it is not about a person’s accomplishments or status. And, because Jesus identified himself with "the least of these, the hungry and the stranger,” Catholic social teachings call for a strong commitment to the poor. Together, these teachings present great wisdom about building a just society.

Because of the essential and central nature of these teachings and the guidance they offer, Catholic Social Teachings are not an optional part of our faith. They must be a core part of our children’s education.

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