Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. It emerges from the truth of what God has revealed to us about himself. We believe in the triune God whose very nature is communal and social. Catholic social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family.

This resource provides an overview of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Handouts are also available for children!

For Adults

For Children

Also available in Spanish!

Para Adultos
Para Niños

Salt and Light

These insights on Catholic social teaching tradition can aid in social ministry in a variety of settings, from small groups, to adult faith formation, to the classroom. This material may also be included in bulletins, on web pages, or used on social media.