Catholic Social Teaching

The Catholic approach to faithful citizenship begins with moral principles, not party platforms. The directions for our public witness are found in Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching. Here are some key themes at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.

These themes anchor our community's role in public life. They help us to resist excessive self-interest, blind partisanship and ideological agendas. They also help us avoid extreme distortions of pluralism and tolerance that deny any fundamental values and dismiss the contributions and convictions of believers. As the Vatican's statement on public life explains, we cannot accept an understanding of pluralism and tolerance that suggests "every possible outlook on life [is] of equal value."  However, this insistence that there are fundamental moral values "has nothing to do with the legitimate freedom of Catholic citizens to choose among the various political opinions that are compatible with faith and the natural moral law, and to select, according to their own criteria, what best corresponds to the needs of the common good."

Links in United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

  1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person

  2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation

  3. Rights and Responsibilities

  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

  6. Solidarity

  7. Care for God's Creation