Sacred Heart is a community rooted
in Jesus, striving to be a holy, caring, compassionate people.
To fulfill our
mission, we are called to grow individually and communally as we teach, celebrate, evangelize, support and empower
CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.