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Catholic Social Teaching

This research guide will provide you with starting points for finding information on Catholic social teaching.

Major Documents of Catholic Social Teaching

Key Texts for Themes in Catholic Social Teaching

Theme    Most important texts
The Dignity of Every Person & Human Rights   Pacem in Terris 8-38
Gaudium et Spes 12-19
Centesimus Annus 6-11
Solidarity, Common Good, & Participation Pacem in Terris 98-108
Gaudium et Spes 26-32, 68-75
Sollicitudo Rei Socialis 35-40
Family Life Gaudium et Spes 47-52
Octogesima Adveniens 13
Laborem Exercens 10, 19
Subsidiarity & the Proper Role of Government Quadragesimo Anno 76-87
Mater et Magistra 51-77, 122-77
Pacem in Terris 140-41
Property Ownership in Modern Society: Rights & Responsibilites Quadragesimo Anno 44-52
Mater et Magistra 51-67, 104-21
Centesimus Annus 30-43
Dignity of Work, Rights of Workers, & Support for Labour Unions Rerum Novarum 1-3, 20-21, 31-38
Mater et Magistra 68-81
Laborem Exercens 1-27
Colonialism & Economic Development Mater et Magistra 68-81
Populorum Progressio 1-87
Caritas in Veritate 10-33
Peace & Disarmament Pacem in Terris 109-19
Gaudium et Spes 77-79
U.S. Bishops' The Challenge of Peace
Option for the Poor & Vulnerable Gaudium et Spes 1
Octogesima Adveniens 23
Centesimus Annus 11
Environment, Sustainable Development Laudato si'



Massaro, Thomas. Living Justice : Catholic Social Teaching in Action. 2nd classroom ed.  Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012.

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church