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Catholic Social Correlations

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Catholic social justice teachings are a collection of documents, encyclicals, and synod statements that date back to 1891 with the issuance of Rerum Novarum by Pope Leo XIII and continue up to the present day. In recent years, the bishops of the United States published Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, a document that focuses on seven major themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

The seven major themes of Catholic social teaching are as follows:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to family, Community, and Participation
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of the Workers
  • Care for God's Creation
  • Solidarity of the Human Family
  • Chapter
  • We Believe
  • Catholic Social Teaching Theme
  • 1
    • Jesus reached out to those ignored by others, and spent time with the poor and the lonely.
    • As a child, Jesus helped his mother and learned his father's work.

    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person


    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
      Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • 2
    • Jesus taught about God's forgiveness and mercy, and about love and respect for others.
    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • 3
    • Opening prayer includes Matthew 25:35-36 and song, "Whatsoever You Do."
    • When we care for the poor and the weak, we care for Jesus.
    • At the last judgment, we will be judged on the way we treated others.
    • Presentation of the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31): Jesus gives us the courage to make right choices and to treat others as we would like to be treated.
    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable


    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person


    • Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
  • 5
    • The early Christians looked after one another according to each one's need. (Acts of the Apostles 2:45)
    • The Church grew because Christians loved and served one another.
    • Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person

    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • 6
    • The song, "Jesus Is with Us," emphasizes care for those in need and kindness to others.
    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
      Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

  • 7
    • As Jesus did, we pray, love others, and work for justice and peace.
    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
      Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
      Solidarity of the Human Family
  • 9
    • In the opening prayer, we pray to do God's work on earth. The song is, "They'll Know We Are Christians."
    • As people of God, we try to love God and one another. We try to share the good news of Jesus with everyone in the world.
    • Major presentation of Catholic social teaching, human rights, and justice.
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Solidarity of the Human Family
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Solidarity of the Human Family

    • Synopsis of all seven themes.
  • 10
    • In prayers of intercession, we can pray for everyone in the world.
    • Solidarity of the Human Family
  • 11
    • In the opening prayer, we read Matthew 25:40 and conclude by asking to see Jesus in all those in need.
    • At the end of Mass, we go to serve the Lord and others. See chart for ways.
    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
      Life and Dignity of the Human Person
      Call to Family, Community, and Participation
    • Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
  • 12
    • Opening prayer emphasizes loving one another. (1 John 4:11, 12)
    • Laypeople use their time and talents to serve others.
    • Holiness means sharing good news and building the Kingdom. List of ways to do this, including "treat others as Jesus did."
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
    • Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
      Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
  • 13
    • We can wait for the Savior by praying to God, seeking his forgiveness, being just and fair to all, and working for peace.
    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
      Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
      Solidarity of the Human Family
  • 14
    • During the Christmas season, the feast of the Holy Innocents reminds us of God's gift of life.
    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • 17
    • In the general intercessions, we pray for our Church and our world.

    • We bring forward our gifts of bread and wine and our gifts for the Church and the poor.
    • After Mass, we try to help people in need, to make the world a more peaceful and loving place, and to treat others as Jesus would.
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Solidarity of the Human Family
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
      Solidarity of the Human Family
  • 19
    • Jesus cared for all people, especially those in need of healing.
    • The Church carries on Jesus' healing work..
    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
      Life and Dignity of the Human Person
    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
      Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
  • 20
    • During Lent, we follow Jesus through prayer, penance, and acts of love and mercy.
    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • 21
    • On Good Friday, we pray for the whole world.
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Solidarity of the Human Family
  • 22
    • The opening prayer service reminds us that Jesus sends each of us. We ask help to share his love with others.
    • In Luke 4:16-19, Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah, declaring freedom for the oppressed. He taught his disciples to care for people's needs.
    • One of the points given as Jesus' good news is "Jesus worked for peace and justice and he asks all of us to do the same."
    • The Church works for justice and peace-a major presentation of this faith statement.

    • We live out the good news of Jesus Christ. This major presentation of our call to live the good news and to work for peace and justice has a chart with five related points, followed by a paragraph of suggestions to do this in everyday life.
    • Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person


    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable




    • Solidarity of the Human Family



    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
      Solidarity of the Human Family
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
      Solidarity of the Human Family
  • 23
    • The opening prayer service is taken from the Good Friday prayers for other Christians, the Jewish people, and those who do not acknowledge Christ.
    • Beliefs of various religions (Jews, Muslims, native tribes) are briefly presented.
    • The Jewish faith is important to Christians.
    • We make efforts toward unity with other Christians. Ecumenism as the key word is presented.
    • The Church works for Christian unity. We try to treat people as Jesus did.
    • Solidarity of the Human Family




    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
      Solidarity of the Human Family

    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person Solidarity of the Human Family
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Life and Dignity of the Human Person
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • 24
    • The Catholic Church is a mix of people, and we can all grow and learn from the traditions of one another.
    • We are the light of the world. When we follow the example of Jesus, others can see the power of God's love in the world.
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Solidarity of the Human Family

    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
      Solidarity of the Human Family
  • 25
    • God calls us to be saints. Saint Louise de Marillac founded the Daughters of Charity; they served the needs of people who were poor.
    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • 26
    • The Kingdom of God grows. A chart shows six ways to be a witness for Jesus Christ, four of which concern justice and peace.
    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
      Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
      Solidarity of the Human Family
  • 27
    • Abundance of life is available to all. The song, "Glory and Praise to Our God," calls anyone to drink of the waters of life.
    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • 28
    • In class and at home, we help share good news and help others. The Catechism quote on this page states that the family has an "evangelizing and missionary task.."
    • We offer forgiveness and help others. The Catechism quote charges families with "responsibility for the young, the old, the sick, the handicapped, and the poor."
    • We look to the examples of the saints as witnesses to respect, peace, and fairness.
    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person

    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person

    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
      Solidarity of the Human Family

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