Catholic Social Teaching

 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.

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 2: MICRO-BREW AND MOTHER TERESA

The primary purpose of this Bible study is to introduce students to two principles of Catholic Social Teaching: (1) Subsidiarity and (2) Solidarity.

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.