Theology of CST
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 "This is what the Lord requires of us: To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God." (micah 6:8)


"In Micah 6:8, doing justice means to be actively engaged in the redistribution of power in the world,

to correct the systemic inequalities that marginalize some for

the excessive enhancement of others."

Walter Bruggemann,

Hebrew Scripture Scholar



                                       Catholic Social Teaching


Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is the Catholic Church’s ethical framework for analyzing the economic, social and political realities of the world we live in. It starts from the conviction that the Christian Gospel has implications for all dimensions of human life and activity.


Based on the core beliefs of Christian faith, such as the dignity of the human person made in the image of God, it sets out ethical principles and guidance, which can appeal to all people, whether Catholic or not. Catholic Social Teaching has a particular importance for Catholics, whom it challenges to transform the world we live in as part of living their faith.


Catholic Social Teaching has come to prominence in the last hundred years, as the Church has responded to immense changes in social and political structures. But this does not mean it is something new.


From the time of the early Church onwards, Christians have been inspired by faith to seek justice and to protect and uphold people who are poor. In the last century, the Church has gradually made this teaching more systematic, as successive popes and the Second Vatican Council have set out the Church's thinking on complex contemporary realities.


Catholic Social Teaching has several distinctive characteristics:


Catholics regard it as authoritative: when Catholic Social Teaching is set out either at the global level by the Pope or a Synod of Bishops, or at national level by Conferences of Bishops, it has a claim on the attention and response of the global Catholic community numbering around a billion.


It is dynamic and unfolding. Although it contains principles that are permanently true, such as the obligation to seek social justice, it is also enriched by absorbing new insights such as the importance of human rights. Catholic Social Teaching develops in response to changing social, political and economic realities.


Although Catholic Social Teaching is formally articulated by bishops and the Pope, it is nourished, expressed and applied in practice by the faith and action of members of the Church who work for justice.




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