Presented by Tony Pichler, Mission Outreach Director at Resurrection Catholic Parish.
Catholic social teaching is founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came “to bring glad tidings to the poor . . .liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind” (Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with “the least of these,” the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45).
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. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. Human dignity comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment.
Catholic social teaching emerges from the truth of what God has revealed to us about himself. God reveals himself to us as one who is not alone, but rather as one who is relational, one who is Trinity. Therefore, we who are made in God’s image share this communal, social nature. We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice.
(excerpts from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.)