What is Catholic Social Teaching?
Jesus ate with tax collectors and rowdy fishermen. He rescued an adulteress from an angry crowd attempting to stone her. Jesus healed the sick, and he fed the hungry. Likewise, Jesus warned against indifference toward the marginalized – the poor, the sick, the hungry, the homeless. It was the words and examples of Jesus which laid the foundation for Catholic Social Teaching.
According to Sister Rita Geoppinger of Covington, Kentucky, “The seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching are at the heart of the Gospel. The Church has continued over the centuries to delineate and expand our understanding of each one as it pertains to our particular time, enriching our appreciation of the core values of our faith.”