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Justice & Peace Education

Justice and Peace Education

The call to work for social justice is imbedded in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, who came to bring good tidings to the poor.... The Church's social teaching applies the Gospel command of love to and within social systems, structures and institutions. It proposes principles for reflection; it provides criteria for judgement; it gives guidelines for action.
- National Directory for Catechesis, 173


Catholic Social Teaching: Major Themes

The US Bishops articulate seven key themes that form the heart of Catholic social teaching:

  1. life and dignity of the human person
  2. call to family, community and participation
  3. rights and responsitilities
  4. the option fo the poor and vulnerable
  5. the dignity of work and the rights of workers
  6. solidarity
  7. care for God's creation

See: Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions

Online Resources for Educators

Justice and Peace Resources and Tools
USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development

Resources for Youth
USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development

Two Feet of Love in Action / Los Dos Pies del Amor en Acción
USCCB Resource on Social justice and Charitable works

Environmental Justice Program

Ending Poverty in Community -EPIC Toolkit
USCCB lessons

Faithful Citizenship
USCCB Resources

Faithful Citizenship for Religious Ed and Youth Ministry

Faithful Citizenship Resources for Youth

CRS Education
Catholic Relief Services

Core Educational Programs (including Food Fast and Rice Bowl)
Catholic Relief Services

Family Resources
Catholic Relief Services

Poverty USA
Catholic Campaign for Human Development


Primary Documents of Catholic Social Teaching

1891 Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor) - Pope Leo XIII
1931 Quadragesimo Anno (In the Fortieth Year) - Pope Pius XI
1961 Mater et Magistra (Christianity and Social Progress) - Pope John XXIII
1963 Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) - Pope John XXIII
1965 Gaudium et Spes (On the Church in the Modern World) Vatican II
1967 Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples) - Pope Paul VI
1971 Octogesima Adveniens (A Call to Action) - Pope Paul VI
1971 Justicia in Mundo (Justice in the World) - Synod of Bishops
1981 Laborem Exercens (On Human Work) - Pope John Paul II
1987 Solicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern) - Pope John Paul II
1991 Centesimus Annus (The Hundredth Year) - Pope John Paul II
1995 Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) - Pope John Paul II
1998 Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason) - Pope John Paul II
2005 Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love) - Pope Benedict XVI
2009 Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) - Pope Benedict XVI
2015 Laudato Si'  (On Care for Our Common Home) - Pope Francis



Catechism of the Catholic Church - The Human Communion

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Social Agenda: A Collection of Magisterial Texts

Papal & Episcopal Documents relating to Catholic Social Teaching

USCCB Pro-life Links






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