The roots of Catholic social teaching are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God's special love for those who are poor and vulnerable, and in the life and words of Jesus Christ. Popes, councils, and bishops’ conferences developed this teaching over time. The writings in this section are foundational to our social tradition as disciples of Jesus.
This 1993 statement from the U.S. Catholic bishops on living our social mission is the inspiration for this website! Although originally written with parishes in mind, this is a must-read for any Catholic, lay or religious, who wants to be salt and light in the world.
Explore the documents of modern-day Catholic social teaching, beginning with Pope Leo XIII’s On the Condition of Labor (Rerum Novarum) in 1891. Many other papal and conciliar documents and statements from the U.S. bishops are included on this page as well.
Be inspired by Pope Francis’ words inviting us to put our faith in action by loving God and neighbor. This compilation of Pope Francis quotes is not comprehensive, but covers many issues related to life, dignity, justice and peace.