Catholic social thought does not merely consider the economics and justice of life, but includes issues involving the family, religious, social, politacal, technological, recreational and cultural aspects of life. Such are contained in various Papal Social Encyclicals, Vatican II Documents, Apostolic Letters and other Church documents issued by the Catholic Church from 1891 to the present time.

From these Social Encyclicals and Documents emerge basic principles that sum up the main concerns of these documents. Fr. William J. Byron, S.J. has presented ten of these principles in his writings (pls see explicit references in Evangelizing Presence: The Challenge of Social Transformation, authored by Giordano and Catan, available at the BCBP National Office), which we summarize for you in the attached ppt presentation.

Catholic social principles are not very well known, perhaps because they are not “packaged” for catechetical purposes like the Ten Commandments, the Seven Sacraments, the Eight Beatitudes or the Four Cardinal Virtues. The objective of this teaching is to acquaint you with the ten basic principles of the Church’s social thought to facilitate your knowledge and understanding of them. Not only that, but this knowledge must lead to positive activity with the Social Principles being integrated into our lives for us to be fully human and fully complete as Christians and as BCBP members.


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