The sum of the spiritual, material, and social conditions needed for a person to achieve full human dignity.
A pastoral papal letter sent to the whole Church, on some important aspect of Church teaching.
A state of being essentially equal or equivalent because of our fundamental dignity as Gods children made in His image and likeness.
The power rooted in reason and will...to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility.
The state or condition of sin into which ALL generations of people are born since the time of Adam and Eve's turning away from God.
Peace on Earth
An important social justice encyclical written by Pope John XXIII in 1963 that lists important human rights.
Claims we can make on each other and on society to guarantee attaining certain basic minimum conditions to live a truly human life.
Social Justice Doctrine
The body of Church doctrine that applies Jesus' gospel to our life together, that is, to society, its institutions, and its economic and political structures.
Principle of Subsidiarity
Discourages attempts to maximize or centralize the power of the state at the expense of local institutions.
Enables us to love God above everything else for his own sake and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
An open-ended contract of love between God and his people. It involves promises and the duty to be faithful to the promises.
Sees to the just distribution of the goods of creation that God intends for all to use and share.
Empowers us to believe in God and all that God has said and revealed to us, including what the Church proposes for our belief, because God is truth itself.
The process whereby the worlds goods, communications, and peoples are more fully integrated, accessible, and interdependent.
Helps us desire heaven and eternal happiness, trusting firmly in Christ's promises and relying, not on our own efforts, but on the help and graces of the Holy Spirit.
A person who leaves his or her country and is unwilling to return because of fear of religious, racial, ethnic, political, or some other form of persecution.
Applies to the Gospel of Jesus Christ to societies, structures, systems, and laws so people's rights are guaranteed.
Firm attitudes, stable dispositions, and habitual perfections of the intellect and will that govern our actions, order and passions, and that guide our conduct according to reason and faith.
God's plan written into the way He made things. The light of understanding infused in us by God, whereby we understand what must be done and what must be avoided.
Our Social Nature
From the beginning, God made us to be with and for each other. Flows from being made in God's image and likeness.
A group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them.
Consistent Ethic of Life
The viewpoint of Catholic Social Teaching that calls for the respect of all human life, especially the most defenseless in our midst.
An act or omission which of itself and by intention causes death, with the purpose of eliminating all suffering.
Blaming an individual or group for something that the individual or group is not responsible.
Policy and programs set up to correct past discrimination against members or minorities.
Corporal Works of Mercy
Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and imprisoned.