In Scripture we find that Christ came to "bring glad tidings to the poor ... liberty to captives ... and sight to the blind" (Lk 4:18-19) and that He identified with those who were, in modern terms, less fortunate than most. It is out of this "good news" that Catholic Social Teaching grows. It is a commitment to the poor and lowly that comes most especially from our experience of Christ in the Eucharist.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development endeavors to increase the awareness of Catholic social teaching and to communicate ways in which the faithful might more fully live their Baptismal call to love God and neighbor.
Through their many resources, one can come to understand the Church's efforts to build a more just society which leads to lives of holiness. Some themes addressed are:
- The life and dignity of the human person
- The call to family, community, and participation
- Our rights and responsibilities
- The option for the poor and vulnerable
- The dignity of work and the rights of workers
- Care for God's creation
Want to know more about Catholic Social Teaching? Click here for a link to the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development resource page.