Catholic Social Teaching Doctrine

The first problem in the study of Catholic social teaching doctrine is that most people's political and social consciences are primarily formed by their political affiliations, not by the Church's justice teaching.

While this section offers access to a number of basic descriptions of the social justice doctrine, these are no substitute for reading the original documents themselves. Since the encyclicals have all been promulgated since the 1890s, they remain accessible to the modern reader. These summaries are rooted in that doctrine, but should not be considered to be exhaustive treatments. The section on Catechesis has a section which includes bibliographies and links to a number of other journal, religious, and popular press articles that shed light on one or another aspect of the over-all social mission of the Church.

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Charts Showing Themes in Catholic Social Teaching Documents, prepared by Robert Waldrop.

Catholic Social Justice Documents, List of five primary documents with summaries of the areas of concern of each of the documents, prepared by the Center for Social Justice and Global Awareness, Marianist Province of St. Louis.

Catholic Social Teaching -- A Primer -- short article from the Sedaqah site

Eight Principles of Catholic Social Teaching presented by the advocacy organization NETWORK.

The Principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church journal article by Dr. Javier Hervada, who holds a chair in Canon Law and the title of Professor of the Philosophy of Law and of Natural Law in the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain. Excellent in depth article that footnotes statements on the church's social doctrine to the relevant sections of papal encyclicals.

Six Principles of Catholic Social Teaching from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Social Justice in the Catechism of the Catholic Church list of sections regarding social justice doctrines in the Catechism

Summary of Catholic Just War Doctrine

The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas see sections on Man, God's Government of Creation, Human Acts, Habits, Law, Prudence, Justice,

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