Catholic Social Teaching

For Pro-Life Advocates

“The theological dimension is needed both for interpreting and for solving
present day problems in human society.”

– Blessed John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, “Hundredth Year”

“Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God’s special love for the poor and called God’s people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came “to bring glad tidings to the poor…liberty to captives…recovery of sight to the blind”(Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with “the least of these,” the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the eucharist.”

Taken from “Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions”, USCCB 1998

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