Beginning on Monday, January 28, I will launch another adult education series, this time focusing on the Catholic Church’s social teaching.

All sessions will be held Monday nights from 6:30-8:00 in Kertz Hall at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jefferson City, Mo.

Every week resources will be provided in advance. So without further ado, here are the resources for the first week’s session.

Principles of Catholic Social Teaching: Reading Packet (<– Click the link to download the .pdf file.)

This week we will begin the class with the overarching principles of Catholic social teaching, before applying those principles in the weeks to come to a variety of relevant issues.

This week’s readings are organized by the seven principles of Catholic social teaching:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person

  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

  • Solidarity

  • Care for God’s Creation

The reading packets are always composed of magisterial texts, that is texts published by the Vatican, not anyone else’s commentary. This week’s readings come from a variety of documents from our recent popes. They include:

  • St. JOHN XIII, Mater et Magistra, 1961

  • St. JOHN XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 1963

  • VATICAN II, Gaudium et Spes, 1965

  • St. JOHN PAUL II, Familiaris Consortio, 1981

  • St. JOHN PAUL II, Laborem Exercens, 1981

  • St. JOHN PAUL II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 1987

  • St. JOHN PAUL II, Christifideles Laici, 1988

  • St. JOHN PAUL II, Centesimus Annus, 1991

  • St. JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, 1995

  • POPE BENEDICT XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 2005

  • POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 2009

  • POPE FRANCIS, Evangelii Gaudium, 2013

  • POPE FRANCIS, Laudato Sii, 2015

  • POPE FRANCIS, Amoris Laetitia, 2016

I look forward to starting off this new series on Monday. Be sure to invite a friend.



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