Catholic Social Teaching

What is Catholic Social Teaching?

Learn about this rich tradition of thought and action for social justice. We offer a simple overview and suggest five ways to get to know the tradition better.

Key Principles

Find out about the most important principles of Catholic Social Teaching. We introduce Catholic thinking about the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity and solidarity.

Sources of Catholic Social Teaching

Explore the sources that inform and guide the development of Catholic Social Teaching. Scripture, tradition, reason and experience all play a part.

Major Documents

Find out about the most important international teaching documents. We provide a list of all the social encyclicals of the modern period with brief introductions and links to the full text. We also offer reflections and resources.

Tips for Reading the Documents

How do you go about making sense of these documents with Latin names? We offer a handy list of dos and don'ts to help you find your way.

Asia Pacific Teachings

Local Bishops and Bishops Conferences share in the responsibility to teach about social justice too. We provide links to teachings from around the Asia Pacific region.

Themes & Issues


An Option for the Poor

Find out more about how a preferential love for the poor and marginalised guides Catholic thinking and action for social justice.

Migrants & Refugees

Catholic teaching defending the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other people on the move.

Social Sin & Structures of Sin

Find out what Catholic Social Teaching means by social sin and structures of sin - and how they are related to personal and communal responsibility for injustice.

Indigenous Peoples

The rights of Indigenous peoples are human rights. Learn about Catholic Social Teaching on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Integral Ecology

Ecology goes beyond care for the natural environment. It embraces the vast network of relationships between all that is.

Civil Society & the State

Political authority exists to serve people and communities by organizing and promoting the common good.

Latest News

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Season of Creation Begins with World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation In 2015 Pope Francis asked Catholics to join with the Orthodox Church to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. A number of other Christian churches had already joined them in it for a number of...

Pacific Bishops Focus on Sea

Pacific Bishops meeting in Auckland in August 2017 declared: “As Bishops of the Pacific, the place of the sea in the lives of the peoples we serve was a central focus of our meeting. Our common ocean is teeming with life and goodness. For many of our peoples the sea is their treasured source...

World Environment Day – 5 June

World Environment Day has been Celebrated Since 1972 Did you know that World Environment Day has been celebrated since 1972? In that year the United Nations convened the first major international conference on environmental issues. Because the Conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, it became known as the Stockholm Conference. Pope Paul VI was...

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About Us

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Purpose

The Social Spirituality project promotes socially engaged spirituality via social media. It shares spirituality and social ethics, contemplation and action, at the service of a faith that does justice.

Meaning

Spirituality is not just a personal thing. It touches our intergroup or social relationships too. We use the expression social spirituality to draw attention to a spirituality that sustains and guides action for social transformation.

Focus

We meet God in people, places and things, and in events. Spirituality and ethics meet in our response to concrete social issues. That is why the project focuses in a special way on the unique encounter with God in the Asia Pacific context. It especially explores how Catholic Social Teaching is understood and expressed in Asia Pacific today.