Key Texts for Nine Themes in Catholic Social Teaching
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Key Texts for Nine Themes in Catholic Social Teaching1


Theme Most Important Texts
The Dignity of Every Person and Human Rights Pacem in Terris, 8 – 38
Gaudium et Spes, 12 – 19
Centesimus Annus, 6 – 11
Solidarity, Common Good and Participation  Pacem in Terris, 98 – 108
Gaudium et Spes, 26 – 32 and 68 – 75
Solicituo rei Socialis, 35 – 40
Family Life Gaudium et Spes, 47 – 52
Octogesima Adveniens, 13
Laborem Exercens, 10 and 19
Subsidiary and the Proper Role of Government Quadragemiso Anno, 76 – 87
Mater et Magistra, 51 – 77 and 122 – 177
Pacem in Terris, 140 – 141
Property Ownership in Modern Society:
Rights and Responsibilities
Quadragemiso Anno, 44 – 52
Mater et Magistra, 51 – 67 and 104 – 121
Centesimus Annus, 30 – 43
The Dignity of Work, Rights of Workers and Support for Labor Unions Rerum Novarum, 1 -3, 20 – 21 and 31 – 38
Mater et Magistra, 68 – 81
Laborem Exercens, 1 – 27
Colonialism and Economic Development Mater et Magistra, 157 – 211
Pacem in Terris, 121 – 125
Popolorum Progressio, 1 – 87
Peace and Disarmament Pacem in Terris, 109 – 119
Gaudium et Spes, 77 – 90
US Bishops’ “The Challenge of Peace”
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable Gadium et Spes, I
Octogesima Adveniens, 23
Centesimus Annus, II


1 Thomas Massaro, S.J., Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action, Lanham, Maryland: Sheed & Ward, 2000. Table 2, p. 167.


Catholic Statements on the Environment Mentioned in “The Greening of American Catholicism”:

  • Peace with God the Creator, Peace With all of Creation (John Paul II, World Day of Peace Message, 1 January 1990)
  • Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching (US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1991)
  • At Home in the Web of Life: A Pastoral Message on Sustainable Commitments in Appalachia (Catholic Bishops of Appalachia, 1995)
  • Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good (US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2001)
  • For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food: Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers (US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2003)
  • The Columbia River Watershed: Caring for Creation and the Common Good (Bishops of the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alberta, 2001)

 

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