Social Justice Resources
Here are some resources to help deepen your understanding of what the Catholic Church teaches on issues related to social justice.
There are seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
This includes abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, cloning, embryonic stem cell research and more.
Call to Family, Community and Participation
We are called to be just in our economics, law, public policy, marriage and family.
Rights and Responsibilities
To protect human dignity, we must protect human rights.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
We are encouraged to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
- Check out the work of Catholic Charities, which offers family-centered programs that empower individuals and strengthen families.
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
The economy should benefit the people, rather than the other way around.
We are one human family and must love one another regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, etc.
Care for God's Creation
Our faith calls on us to practice good stewardship with the creation given to us by God.
- St. John Paul II also talked about caring for the environment during his historic 1979 visit to Iowa. Here is his homily in which he called on people to be good stewards of the land.
- On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis issued the encyclical "Laudato Si" (Praised be to You) in which he called on everyone to do what they can to care for our common home, the earth.
- Looking for some background on what the U.S. bishops have said about the environment? Check out this page on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' website.