The Roots of Catholic Social Teaching
Gospel Values are the basis of Christianity. Before the 20th century they were primarily applied to individual and interpersonal relationships.
Beginning with the encyclicals of Pope Leo XIII at the end of the 19th century, and culminating with the Documents of the Second Vatican
Council in 1962, Gospel Values provided the foundation for Catholic Social Teaching by extending them beyond personal relationships to
the systems, structures and social institutions of modern life.