Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching Principles

Catholic Social Teaching covers all spheres of life – the economic, political, personal and spiritual.

CARITAS CST from Caritas Australia on Vimeo.

Use the links below to explore the Catholic Social Teaching principles and how they guide the work of Caritas Australia.

Explore how Caritas is calling for the world to put the poor first and ensure the safe future of the planet by uniting behind the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals which promise to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and take action on climate change by 2030.

MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

To further explore, unpack and act the 17 Sustainable Development Goals follow the link.

In 2015 world leaders promised to put girls and women first when they signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals. Reflect on how Global Goals has put together their challenge for us.


Preferential Option for the Poor

Read and unpack each of the following scriptural references to discover the Catholic Social Teaching of PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR.

OLD TESTAMENT                                       NEW TESTAMENT

Deuteronomy 15:7-11                                Matthew 19: 16 – 21

Isaiah 58: 6-9                                              Matthew 25:34-40

Ezekiel 16:49                                                Luke 4:16-21

Zechariah 7:9-12                                         Luke 14:13

To explore what impact the St Vincent de Paul Society is having against the causes of poverty and inequality go to vinnies.org.au/page/Our_Impact/. To get involved with St Vincent de Paul Society click here.

Dignity of the Human Person

Read and unpack each of the following scriptural references to discover the Catholic Social Teaching of DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON.

 OLD TESTAMENT                                      NEW TESTAMENT

 Genesis 1:27                                              Mark 12:28-31

Psalm 139: 13-14                                       Luke 10:25-37

To read about how Catholic Mission Australia reaches out and gives life to
others go to catholicmission.org.au/about-us. Whilst on the site, explore what you and your school can do.

Stewardship of Creation

Read and unpack each of the following scriptural references to discover the Catholic Social Teaching of STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION.

OLD TESTAMENT                                          NEW TESTAMENT

Genesis 1:26                                                  Matthew 13:1-8

Psalm 19:1                                                     1 Corinthians 3:9-11

Job 12:7-10

Catholic Earthcare Australia promotes the understanding that our environment is sacred and endangered and must be protected and sustained for present and future generations. To learn about their projects visit the Catholic Earthcare Australia website.

To hear a range of Catholic voices speak about Catholic Teachings on Climate Change go to the Global Catholic Climate Movement’s site.

Subsidiarity and Participation

Read and unpack each of the following scriptural references to discover the Catholic Social Teaching of SUBSIDIARITY AND PARTICIPATION.

OLD TESTAMENT                                       NEW TESTAMENT

Micah 6:8                                                      Matthew 7:12

Proverbs 29:2                                             James 2:15-17

Opening the Doors Foundation began the FIRE Carrier Project (Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education). The FIRE Carrier Project seeks to keep the Reconciliation flame alight in schools, educating the wider community about Reconciliation, our shared history and cultures.

Catholic Ministry Victoria’s website offers historical and present story of struggle and survival of a small group of Aboriginal Catholics.

Common Good

Read and unpack each of the following scriptural references to discover the Catholic Social Teaching of COMMON GOOD.

OLD TESTAMENT                                    NEW TESTAMENT

Jeremiah 22:3                                            Luke 6:20

Sirach 7:32-36                                           1 John 4:7-12

Philippians 2:2-5

Catholic Care provides services that are compassionate, respectful and sensitive to the needs of all individuals regardless of age, gender, sexuality, cultural or religious backgrounds.

To learn about how schools can get involved with the projects of Catholic Care click here.

Solidarity

Read and unpack each of the following scriptural references to discover the Catholic Social Teaching of SOLIDARITY.

OLD TESTAMENT                                   NEW TESTAMENT

Gen 15:1                                                   Mark 3:14

Galatians 3:28

John 13: 3-1

Australian Catholic Social Justice Council lists the Catholic Social Justice Series Papers that offer theological and social thought on various topics.

The Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project works with, and for, asylum seekers both in detention and in the community. Concerned and compassionate women and men across cultures and generations contribute to the work of the Project.