Catholic Social Teaching

What do Catholics believe about social justice?

 According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Catholic social teaching is “the teaching (social doctrine) of the Church on the truth of revelation about human dignity, human solidarity, and the principles of justice and peace; the moral judgments about economic and social matters required by such truth and about the demands of justice and peace” (see Glossary).

“The Church’s social teaching proposes principles for reflection; it provides criteria for judgment; it gives guidelines for action” (CCC 2423).

Learn more about Catholic social teaching with these resources:

What the Catechism has to say about Catholic social doctrine

The USCCB on Catholic Social Teaching

Article: Social Justice Isn’t Left or Right; It’s Catholic

USCCB Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development

“It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for ‘God is Charity’ (1 Jn 4:8).” -St. Albert the Great