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Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love, and justice.

It holds that God has a special plan for every single one of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan isn’t just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or times when we do “religious things.” It involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as responsible global citizens.


Our part in this is a vocation for the common good, a call to treat everyone as our brothers and sisters. It is something that we all share.


The Catholic Church has principles of social teaching that we share with our children through all that we do, through the curriculum, special events, and activities, and through our ordinary actions in school.


Life and dignity of human person

The Common Good

Family, community and participation

Rights and Responsibilities

Option for the poor and vulnerable

Dignity and rights of workers

Distributive justice


Care for creation (stewardship)

Promoting peace