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Links to Catholic Social Teaching Websites  

The following websites provide documents that are relevant to Catholic Social Teaching.

Papal Social Encyclicals are available online at the following two websites:

Readings produced by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace »

Readings produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family:

Readings produced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops »

Readings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church »   Please note that citations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church are for paragraphs and not pages.

Readings from Aquinas »

For a very good collection of magisterial texts on Social Justice on the following topics, see the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, The Social Agenda: A Collection of Magisterial Texts. This entire document (it is 225 pages) is available in a PDF format.

  • The Nature of Catholic Social Teaching The Human Person
  • The Family
  • The Social Order
  • The Role of the State
  • The Economy
  • Work and Wages
  • Poverty and Charity
  • The Environment
  • The International Community

The following is a listing of websites where a large volume of literature dealing with the Catholic Social Tradition can be accessed.

Readings in Catholic Social Teaching can also be found at the following sites:

  • http://www.catholiceducation.org (from the menu choose "Current Issues;" choose "Marriage and Family," "Social Justice")
  • http://www.justpeace.org (from "Site Index" choose "Universal Themes in Catholic Social Teaching," "Catholic Social Teaching Doctrine," "Documents")
  • http://www.osjspm.org (from main website choose "Social Teaching Documents," "Notable Quotations," "Key Themes," "Teacher Toolbox")
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