Catholic Social Teaching in Asia Pacific Catholic Social Teaching principles may take root in and be expressed through every culture. Each particular experience can enhance humanity’s understanding both of reality, and of God’s call through it. By examining the local and particular, universal Catholic Social Teaching principles may be recognized and understood more deeply. Local Bishops share with the Popes in the task of teaching on issues of social justice. The international and local teachings inform one another. This website holds up the experiences of the people of the Asia Pacific region by making Asia Pacific Catholic Social Teaching more widely known. Find Asia Pacific Catholic Social Teachings
The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says that the independence of the judiciary is important for safeguarding people’s rights. His statement is here. How might political pressure on judges compromise people’s human rights? How should members of the judiciary be held accountable? Do you think the separation of legislative, executive and judicial powers promotes and supports the common good?
Easter is a good time to consider how we think about our bodies. Do I treat my body simply as a vehicle for my mind, or my soul? Am I at war with my body, trying to recreate it in another form, rather than accepting myself as God created me? What might it mean to believe that our bodies have dignity and intrinsic value, rather than merely instrumental value? What light does the resurrection throw on all this for me?
The Catholic Bishops of the Philippines have chosen Easter – the time at which Jesus’ body was resurrected – to encourage appropriate stewardship of health. They draw on the cardinal virtues to call for moderation, appropriate exercise and rest, the rejection of harmful substances and activities and unhealthy perspectives on the human body. The roles of the family, schools, and Catholic hospitals and community based health care are stressed. Read the Pastoral Instruction here.
Archbishop Danilo Ulep of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao in the Philippines has issued a Pastoral Letter on the May 2013 elections. He reminds the people of his archdiocese of the role that elections can play in promoting the common good and warns of the effects of patronage politics and political dynasties. The Pastoral Letter also contains guidelines for Church members. Read the full text here.