Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching has been articulated through a rich tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. In the first of seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching, the Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.
“We believe that every person is precious, 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.” USCCB
“The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.” Catholic Charities USA
“All people are made in the image of God and so possess an equal and inalienable worth. Because of this essential dignity, each person has a right to all that they need to allow them to live their full potential as intended by God.” NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
“In the end, what kind of dignity is there without the possibility of freely expressing one’s thought or professing one’s religious faith? What dignity can men and women ever enjoy if they are subjected to all types of discrimination? What dignity can a person ever hope to find when he or she lacks food and the bare essentials for survival and, worse yet, when they lack the work which confers dignity? I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good.” Pope Francis
Debbie Weber, director