How would you explain, in five minutes or less, the faith foundations of our call to act to care for our common home? As one of the periti, or theological advisors, to the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia, I addressed the Council’s Second Assembly. My topic… Read More »Integral Ecology at the Plenary Council
Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching Documents
Because these Catholic social teaching documents are part of an evolving body of teaching, it is important to understand them in context. We offer brief introductions by Sandie Cornish to all the major international social encyclicals as well as links to the full text. We also provide commentaries and resource materials on the encyclicals.
Find Local Teachings
Local Bishops teach on social justice issues as well as the Pope. We invite you to discover the social teachings of Catholic Bishops from Asia and the Pacific. To help you find what you are looking for, there are sub-categories for different regions and specific countries. There is also a subcategory for teaching from the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, known as the FABC.
Sources, Themes & Principles
Catholic Social Teaching Quotes
Pope Francis’ new social encyclical Fratelli Tutti, promotes a vision of social friendship grounded in the unity of the entire human family: all people are sisters and brothers to one another, all are children of God with equal dignity and rights. Dr Sandie Cornish provides a general introduction to Fratelli… Read More »Introduction to Fratelli Tutti – On Fraternity and Social Friendship
The Revolution of Tenderness is the podcast of the Office for Social Justice of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. In its first episode Dr Sandie Cornish reflects on Catholic Social Teaching in the current world context. Dr Sandie Cornish shares reflections on Catholic Social Teaching in the current world context.… Read More »Join the Revolution of Tenderness
My students are often able to analyse particular social teaching documents, but when they are asked to offer critical reflection on a theme or issue in Catholic Social Teaching, they aren’t quite sure which documents to read. In addition to the tips that I offer in this podcast, you can… Read More »How to Find Teachings on Issues
Following the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral in Mindanao, the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines condemn violent extremism. They urge peace-loving Christians, Muslims and Indigenous peoples to join hands.
The rising cost of living and slow wages growth in Australia are combining to put pressure on many household budgets. Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen, Chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council expresses concern especially for low paid workers and families living in poverty. In his pastoral letter for… Read More »Just Wages Call on Feast of St Joseph the Worker