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Catholic Social Teaching 101

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Leanne Koffskey

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Transcript of Catholic Social Teaching 101

What is Catholic Social Teaching?
Catholic Church's body of doctrine that addresses social justice

Based in Old Testament custom of Jubilee: the land is God's and we are merely stewards.

First CST document: Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII, 1891

continues to be enriched and expounded upon in light of current events
"Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness...
...God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good."
Genesis 1:26-31
Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Call to Family, Community, and Participation
Through all your days, son, keep the Lord in mind, and do not seek to sin or to transgress the commandments. Perform righteous deeds all the days of your life, and do not tread the paths of wickedness. For those who act with fidelity, all who practice righteousness, will prosper in their affairs.
Tobit 4:5-11
CST#3: Rights and Responsibilities
The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it.
Genesis 2:15
The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien, for you were once aliens residing in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely listen to their cry...If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset; for this is his only covering; it is the cloak for his body. What will he sleep in? If he cries out to me, I will listen; for I am compassionate.
Exodus 22:20-26
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ... But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where would the body be? The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I do not need you.” If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26

CST#6: Solidarity
Ever since the creation of the world,
his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse...
Romans 1:20
Care for God's Creation
See : Which issue catches your attention?

Think : Which saint inspires you?

Do : What act of charity will you do SOON?

Care : How will you make this part of your life?
What about YOU?
Catholic Social Teaching

See: Abortion & Euthanasia

Think: Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
"Our body is a cenacle, a monstrance; through its crystal the world should see God."

Do: Take Action (Charity)
Attend a pro-life rally

Care: Live it (Justice)
Compassion, not condemnation

See Think Do Care
See: Denial of rights for people in prison

Think: Blessed Giuseppi Toniolo
"Toniolo was...a lay activist, who practiced the faith in the world, using his considerable talents and his education to help promote the Gospel and incorporate it into modern life. He...insisted that Catholics be front and center in politics so as to assure that the yeast of Christ would leaven the dough of society. His commitment to the Church and to the Magisterium was impeccable."

Volunteer in a prison

Speak for yourselves and empower others
to do the same.

See Think Do Care
See: Gentrification

Think: Servant of God Dorothy Day
"No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do."

Join the S.O.A.P. program to combat human trafficking.

Treat all workers with dignity and respect.

See Think Do Care
See: The invisibility of the poor and vulnerable

Think: Saint Gemma Galgani
Sometimes she would take something from the house to take to an old man who lived at the corner of our street. At that time we ourselves were in reduced circumstances, so that I felt compelled to tell her:"There will be nothing left for our own supper." Gemma used to answer:
'Providence will give us plenty.'
Saint Gemma Galgani

Donate to the ministries that help the poor.

Recognize the dignity of the poor by
offering a smile even if you
can offer nothing else.

See Think Do Care

Think: Sister Thea Bowman
What does it mean to be black and Catholic? It means that I come to my church fully functioning. That doesn’t frighten you, does it? I come to my church fully functioning. I bring myself, my black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become, I bring my whole history, my traditions, my experience, my culture, my African American song and dance and gesture and movement and teaching and preaching and healing and responsibility as gift to the Church.

Don't be afraid to talk about the issues.

Set yourself free from the "us and them" mentality.
See Think Do Care
See: Indifference towards Creation

Think: Saint Francis of Assisi
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

Start by getting rid of your junk mail!

Consider yourself a steward.

See Think Do Care
Comments and Questions?
Evangelium Vitae
(John Paul II, 1995)
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers... All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need...They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.
Acts 2:42-47
Gaudium et Spes
(Pope Paul VI, 1965)
Caritas in Veritate
(Benedict XVI, 2009)
See: Superficial sense of community from social media

Think: Saint Maximilian Kolbe
"Courage, my sons. Don't you see that we are leaving on a mission? They pay our fare in the bargain. What a piece of good luck! The thing to do now is to pray well in order to win as many souls as possible."

Call people rather than text or email them.

Make "family" dinner a priority.

See Think Do Care
Pacem in Terris
(John XXIII, 1963)
Laborem Exercens
(John Paul II, 1981)
Rerum Novarum
(Leo XIII, 1891)
Laudato Si
(Francis, 2015)
Mater et Magistra
(John XXIII, 1961)
Sollicitudo Rei Socialis
(John Paul II, 1987)
Caritas in Veritate
(Benedict XVI, 2009)
Laudato Si
(Francis, 2015)
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