Justice and Peace
The foundation of the Church’s social teaching is the Gospel and the teaching of Jesus Christ about the dignity of the human person. Everyone is made in the image and likeness of God and has a dignity that does not depend on age, race, gender, wealth or any other attribute. Justice and Peace is the channel established by the church to make its social teaching known to all its members and to encourage action for the common good.
"To work for justice and to pray for peace … these are not optional extras for a Catholic. They are essential threads in the very weave of Catholic living. Justice and Peace..should offer focus, guidance and practical opportunities for concerned persons to engage with society in a way which brings the values of the Gospel to the issues of the day"
Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
- Respect the Human Person
- Promote the Family
- Protect Property Rights
- Work for the Common Good
- Observe the Principle of Subsidiarity
- Respect Work and the Worker
- Pursue Peace and Care for the Poor