Church teaching documents are an important way in which the Catholic social justice tradition is passed on. They may seem intimidating at first, but knowing how the tradition functions makes it easier to focus your reading and to draw more authentically on the teachings.
The resources on this page are to help you work out what to read, and how to make sense of it all. The search engine at the left will help you to find relevant documents.
The Major Documents
This paper lists the major international Catholic Social Teaching documents of the modern period, indicates their key concerns, and provides links to the full text of each.
Finding Church Statements on Social Justice
How do we go about finding out what the Church teaches on social justice issues? Here are some starting points.
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
An essential resource from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace giving a thematic overview of Catholic Social Teaching. The whole text is online ...
Caritas in Veritate
Link to the full text
PowerPoint Reflection on Love & Truth
Reflection on Caritas in Veritate's contribution to teaching on integral human development.
Reading the Documents
Provides tips on what to do, and what not to do, when using Catholic Social Teaching documents – there’s more to it than pulling out quotes you like!