catholic social teaching
The Catholic Church and the Dominican Order provide a rich heritage of the knowledge required to build a just society – one where all of humanity can realize Jesus’ dream that all “may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10.10).
Modern Catholic Social Teaching has been articulated through papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. Our Dominican tradition provides us innumerable models in the work of justice as seen in the lives of Dominicans such as Catherine of Siena, Martin de Porres, Bartolome de Las Casas and Ita Ford.
As Christians and as Dominicans, we are called to:
- Be concerned for the common good, as demanded by the social conditions of each historical period
- Respect the gift that creation is to us;
- Respect the right of all humans to use the goods of creation in a spirit of stewardship;
- Stand in solidarity with all peoples, recognizing the bond of interdependence among us.
Holding to these principles of Catholic Social Teaching, we accept the challenge to examine the causes of deprivation and injustice that exist at home and around the world by:
- Working at the systemic level to eradicate the cause of the deprivation and the injustice, and
- Striving to eliminate or lessen misery that results from deprivation and injustice.