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Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching

"The extent to which pupils contribute to and benefit from the Catholic life of the school is outstanding. They understand the Gospel values of love and service. Pupils of all ages readily accept responsibility for contributing to the community." Section 48


Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice. It holds that God has a special place in this story for each of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan isn’t just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or things we might do on Sundays, but that it involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as a responsible global citizens. Our part in this story is a kind-of vocation for the common good, a call to treat everyone as your brothers and sisters and is something that we all share. 


The seven principles of Social Catholic Teaching:


  • Sharing God’s world, protecting the poor –  How do students share at home and at school? What are the kinds of things that are shared? Should everyone get exactly the same? Should some people get more? Why? For example, families with more children might need more resources, or someone with a disability might need extra help.
  • Human Dignity –  ‘What makes me special?’ ‘What makes people special? ‘How should we treat each other?’
  • Caring for God’s World – How do I show respect for Creation? The earth and all life on it are part of God’s creation. We are called to respect this gift. We are responsible for taking care of the world we live in and for sharing all the wonders and resources the earth gives us. 
  • The Common Good – What is ‘true community’? The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world. 
  • Solidarity – Who are our leaders? How do we stand with others? How did Jesus show service and justice?
  • Family, community and participation -  people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all.
  • Dignity in work - basic rights of workers must be respected, the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages