The Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church is a teaching of the Church that covers how we live out our lives while holding true to our Catholic principles. It is a teaching that seeks to add insight into questions of economics as well as how our chores at home can be made to participate in the life of God.
Read more about the Social Doctrine of the Church in Vocation of the Business Leader, A Reflection by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
The Vatican’s View on the Social Doctrine of the Church
- Rerum novarum (On Capital and Labor) – by Pope Leo XIII 1891 (For a paragraph-by-paragraph summary of Rerum novarum download this document)
- Quadragesimo anno (On Reconstruction of the Social Order) – by Pope Pius XI 1931
- Mater et magistra (On Christianity and Social Progress) by Blessed Pope John XXIII 1961
- Pacem in terris (On Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Charity, Justice and Liberty) by Blessed Pope John XXIII 1963
- Gaudium et spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) Vatican II
- Dignitatis humanae (On the Right of the Person and of Communities to Social and Civil Freedom in Matters of Religion) Vatican II
- Populorum progressio (On the Development of Peoples) by Pope Paul VI
- Humanae vitae (On the Regulation of Birth) by Pope Paul VI
- Octagesima adveniens (On the 80th Anniversary of Rerum novarum) by Pope Paul VI
- Laborem exercens (On Human Work) by Blessed Pope John Paul II
- Solicitudo rei socialis (On the 20th Anniversary of Populorum progressio) by Blessed Pope John Paul II
- Centesimus annus (On the 100th Anniversary of Rerum novarum) by Blessed Pope John Paul II
- Caritas in veritate (On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth) by Pope Benedict XVI