The Catholic Social Teaching Bible Study introduces students to Catholic Social Teaching in general and to several of its central principles: the Universal Destination of Goods, the Right to Private Property, Subsidiarity, Solidarity, the Dignity of the Family, Environmental Stewardship, the Preferential Option for the Poor, and the Dignity of Work.
Catholic Social Teaching
CHAPTER 1: PARADOX AND CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
The primary purpose of this Bible study is to introduce students Catholic Social Teaching in general and to two of its central principles: (1) the Universal Destination of Goods and (2) the Right to Private Property.
CHAPTER 3: MARY AND THE PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR
The primary goal of this chapter is to explain the Preferential Option for the Poor, a hallmark principle of Catholic Social Teaching.
CHAPTER 4: CHRISTIAN WONDER AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
For Christians, our relationship with creation begins with wonder and culminates in stewardship. Leaders who wish to cultivate a deeper understanding of this topic should consult the referenced portions of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ and the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
CHAPTER 5: THE FAMILY - HUMAN ECOLOGY
The purpose of this chapter is to show the connection between the Church’s teachings on the environment and the Church’s teachings on sexuality. Catholics have a responsibility to promote the dignity of both.
CHAPTER 6: THE DIGNITY AND VOCATION OF WORK
Work is a sacred thing. Neither the lazy man nor the workaholic glorifies God. If we are to live in dignity, then we must participate in God’s act of creation by glorifying God in our work.