A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching

Author: Fr. Kevin E. McKenna

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This text stresses that “to work for social justice is embedded in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, who came ‘to bring good tidings to the poor … liberty to captives … and recovery of sight to the blind’” (NDC #42-C). This text will assist readers to:

  • Understand and carry out the seven key themes at the heart of Catholic social teaching articulated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Distill the teachings of major papal social encyclicals
  • Receive guidance regarding some perplexing social issues
  • See the themes of justice and charity as predominant themes of the Scriptures
  • Review the concrete proposals and suggestions that are often recommended in the various Church documents