Catholic social teaching has been called the Catholic Church’s “best kept secret.” A rich body of modern papal social teaching begins with the papacy of Leo XIII (1878-1903). In Anglo-Saxon circles, Catholic social teaching generally refers to the body of teaching dealing with issues of social justice, politics and the economy. In European contexts, Catholic social teaching is understood to refer to the wider body of teaching dealing with questions of family life, sexuality, and bioethics, as well as issues of social justice.
1. CHURCH TEACHING
- Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
- Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
- The Social Encyclicals: This site provides brief overviews and the full texts of the social encyclicals from Rerum Novarum (Leo XII, 1891) to Caritas in Veritate (Benedict XVI, 2009)
- AFCAST: African Forum For Catholic Social Teaching
- JCTR: Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (Faith and Social Justice) – Zambia and Malawi
- CEPAS: Centre d’Etudes Pour L’Action Sociale (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
- FENZA – Catholic Centre for Faith and Cultural encounter in Zambia. Internet resources on Catholic social teaching and Catholic social justice organizations.
- Catholic Institute for Development, Justice and Peace, Nigeria
- Obiora Ike, Nigeria, Website of Msgr. Obiora Ike, one of Nigeria’s leading experts on Catholic social teaching.
5. LATIN AMERICA
6. NORTH AMERICA
- John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, St. Thomas University. Offers a valuable overview of documents, institutes and social justice organizations. It’s data bases on social justice organizations offers a global overview.
- Center For Social Concern, University of Notre Dame Links to numerous internet resources on Catholic social teaching and Catholic social justice organizations.
- Center for Concern: Education for Justice
- Society for Catholic Social Scientists: examines social science data in the light of natural law and Church teaching.