Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
We believe that people are more important than things and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.
Call to Family, Community and Participation
How we organize our society--in economics and politics, in law and policy--directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community.
Rights and Responsibilities
Human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
In a society marred by deepening division between rich and poor, we are instructed to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to produce work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.
We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.
Care for Gods Creation
We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationships with all of God’s creations.
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