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CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society.  We offer some of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition and links to various websites. 

LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON- the Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.  We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.  
www.stemcellresearch.org
www.cacp.org
www.amtchildrenofhope.com
www.rachelsvineyard.org

CALL TO FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND PARTICIPATION- the person is not only sacred but also social.   How we organize our society – in economics and politics, in law and policy – directly affects human dignity and capacity of individuals to grow in community. 
www.networklobby.org
www.paxchristiusa.org
www.longislandpeace.org
www.longislandimmigrantalliance.org
www.amnestyUSA.org

 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES-every person has the fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency.  Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities-to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
www.coc.org,
www.educationforjustice.org
www.pahch.org
www.virtus.org

 OPTION FOR THE POOR AND VULNERABLE- a basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring.  In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) instructs us to put the needs of the poor and the vulnerable first.
www.bread.org
www.savedarfur.org
www.jobsforjustice.org
www.freethechildren.org
www.longislandalliance.org

DIGNITY AND RIGHTS OF WORKERS- the economy must serve people, not the other way around.  Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation.  Basic rights of workers- the right to productive work, decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property, and economic initiative, must be protected.
www.labor-religion.org
www.nlcnet.org,

SOLIDARITY-“loving our neighbor” has global dimensions in an interdependent world and we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they live.  We are one human family, whatever national, racial, ethnic, economic, ideological differences exist.
www.unitednations.org
www.trocaire.org/congo
www.crs.org

CARE FOR GOD’S CREATION-we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation.   We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation.  The fundamental moral and ethical dimensions of the environmental challenges we face, cannot be ignored. 
www.homecomingearth.org
www.globaleduc.org
www.genesisfarm.org
www.longislandindex.org


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