Catholic Social Teaching
The work of the Office for Peace and Justice is founded on and continually inspired by Catholic Social Teaching. Catholic Social Teaching (CST) refers to all church teaching that specifically addresses the public, social lives of Catholic persons. Our programs seek to 1) educate the Catholic community in CST, and 2) bring CST to life in concrete action, in order to actively build a society based on our Catholic values.
The church highlights seven key themes that recur frequently in Catholic Social Teaching. These themes, or tenets, draw attention to the key areas encompassed by Social Teaching. These themes are: The Life and Dignity of the Human Person, The Call to Family, Community, and Participation, Rights and Responsibilities, The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers, Solidarity, and Care for Creation.