Catholic Social Teaching is: The underlying insight is that everyone has the right and responsibility to live in our world constructively, not destructively, and to ensure that we leave it in a better state than when we entered it.
At the core of Catholic Social Teaching are a number of key concepts and principles.
Chief among these are: justice, human dignity, the common good, the principles of participation, solidarity, and subsidiarity, the universal destination of the world’s goods, and the option for the poor.
Dignity of the Human Person
Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, every person’s life and dignity must be respected and supported from conception until the end of their natural life on earth.
God made me and loves me very much
God loves us equally as His children
We are all equal in God’s eyes and loved
God made me and all my friends very beautiful
We are all different and amazing
I have been given a special gift for the world
We show our love for each other
We love and look after each other because we are brothers and sisters
Each person is unique and irreplaceable- everyone matters
We thank God for loving us and our love for each other
Loving each other makes us strong
People matter more than possessions
Family and Community
The human person is not only sacred, but social. How society is organized, be it socially, economically, legally or politically has a direct impact on the dignity and growth of every human person and community. Marriage and family should be supported and strengthened. Every person has a right to work to support themselves and their families as well as the building up of the common good for all.
My family at home
We are all part of a community
What makes community?
My school family
We look after and care for each other
Who is in my community?
We are all different and we love and care for each other
I belong to my family and my community
Building up the community
We love and look after each other because we are all brothers and sisters in God’s family
My community needs me
Building up the kingdom of God
Solidarity and the Common Good
We are all People of God, one family. Therefore what happens to one has an impact on all, locally, nationally and globally. At the heart of solidarity is the pursuit of peace and justice. Our love for all calls us to work for a peaceful and just society where everyone has a fair share of the goods needed for a sustainable life, and opportunities for growth and development are offered equally. The dignity of every person is respected.
We are friends
We are brothers and sisters- one family- one world
I listen to you with my ears, eyes, heart and mind
We play together in love and peace
We learn together
We walk together as people of peace
We help each other
We build together a community of peace
We face challenges together
We thank God for each other
We celebrate together
Building our mission team
Dignity of Work
Work is a way in which we can continue to participate in God’s creation. Work gives dignity to life and must be carried out in such a way that the basic rights of workers are respected. Everyone has the right to productive work, to fair and liveable wages, and to organize and join a union. The economy must be conducted so that it serves the needs of the people.
We are helping to do God’s work
Everybody’s work is valuable and important for the community
Exploring our understanding of work. How does our work build us up?
We use our gifts for each other
Working together to build up our school family
The many sides of working together to build up community
Everybody’s gifts are needed to build God’s world
Finding my special job- my gift to the world
Recognising and helping others to find their gift and share it
When we build together we can do much more
Working hard to be the best you can be for others
Enabling each other to aim high
Rights and Responsibilities
Every person has a fundamental right to life. It is this right that makes all other rights possible. Everyone has the right to food, health care, housing, education and employment. We all need to strive to secure and respect these rights for others both locally and globally.
God wants everyone to be happy
Happiness is? Exploring what makes us happy
Barriers to happiness
God gives us all we need to be happy
Finding happiness with each other
Exploring our responsibilities for each other
Making the right choices
Helping each other to make the right choices
Recognising the difference between rights and responsibilities
We share all God’s gifts
Fair shares for all
Happiness comes in sharing and giving
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Society is judged on how it cares for the poor and vulnerable – our brothers and sisters. We read in scripture how God has a special concern for the oppressed, poor, vulnerable and those forced to the margins of society. The Church calls us to respond to the cry of the poor and put their needs first. This preferential treatment for the poor and vulnerable must be seen in action in our daily lives.
God’s gifts are for everyone (food, clothing, education, medical etc.)
Some of God’s family have plenty of food, toys and clothes. Some don’t
Why are some parts of our area richer or poorer than others?
Learning to share our toys and food with our friends so that everybody has enough
Exploring the feelings of those who have plenty and those who have little
What are the needs of those in a poor area compared with those in a rich area?
Helping everybody to be happy by playing, sharing and learning together
Working together to make our family happy. Exploring fairness and justice
Helping each other to see brothers and sisters, not strangers, in need. Raising awareness locally and nationally
Using our gifts to help others
Who needs our help? How can we help?
Being Christ’s voice in our area for those who need us the most
The world God has created for us has been entrusted to everyone and we are responsible and accountable to God as stewards of the earth. The world has been given to us as a gift, to enjoy and care for so that future generations can enjoy it too. It is in caring for creation that we show our love and respect for its creator.
Discovering God’s beautiful creation
Learning from God’s creation (interdependence)
All things are connected
Playing in and caring for creation
Making good choices- being responsible
Enough for everybody’s need, but not everybody’s greed
Helping God’s creation grow
Stewards of God’s world (understanding the concept)
Celebrating God’s creation
Celebrating the harvest
Seeing God in creation