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Compendium Of The Social Doctrine Of The Church

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Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace


The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a unique, unprecedented document in the history of the Church, serves as a tool to inspire and guide the faithful who are faced with moral and pastoral challenges daily. It is divided into five sections, an introduction, three parts, and a conclusion entitled For a Civilization of Love. The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church is a must-have resource for leaders of social ministry at the diocesan and parish level as well as those in religious education, school, and youth and young adult ministry.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - An Integral and Solidary Humanism
  • Part One
    • Chapter One  - God's Plan of Love for Humanity
      • God's liberating action in the history of Israel
      • Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of the Father's plan of love
      • The human person in God's plan of love
      • God's plan and the mission of the Church
    • Chapter Two - The Church's Mission and Social Doctrine
      • Evangelization and social doctrine
      • The nature of the Church's social doctrine
      • The Church's social doctrine in our time: historical notes
    • Chapter Three - The Human Person and Human Rights
      • Social doctrine and the personalist principle
      • The human person as the "Imago Dei"
      • The many aspects of the human person
      • Human rights
    • Chapter Four - Principles of the Church's Social Doctrine
      • Meaning and unity
      • The principle of the common good
      • The universal destination of goods
      • The principal of subsidiarity
      • Participation
      • the principle of solidarity
      • The fundamental value of social life
      • The way of love
  • Part Two 
    • Chapter Five - The family,  the vital cell of society
      • The family, the first natural society
      • Marriage, the foundation of the family
      • The social subjectivity of the family
      • The family as active participant in social life
      • Society at the service of the family
    • Chapter Six - Human Work
      • Biblical aspects
      • The prophetic value of "Rerum Novarum"
      • The dignity of work
      • The right to work
      • The rights of workers
      • Solidarity among workers
      • The "new things" of the world of work
    • Chapter Seven - Economic Life
      • Biblical aspects
      • Morality and the economy
      • Private initiative and business initiative
      • Economic institutions at the service of man
      • The "new things" in the economic sector
    • Chapter Eight - The Political Community
      • Biblical aspects
      • Foundation and purpose of the political community
      • Political authority
      • The democratic system
      • The political community at the service of civil society
      • The state and religious communities
    • Chapter Nine - The International Community
      • Biblical aspects
      • The fundamental rules of the international community
      • The organization of the international community
      • International cooperation for development
    • Chapter Ten - Safeguarding the environment
      • Biblical aspects
      • Man and the universe of created things
      • The crisis in the relationship between man and the environment
      • A common responsibility
    • Chapter Eleven - The Promotion of Peace
      • Biblical aspects
      • Peace: the fruit of justice and love
      • The failure of peace: war
      • The contribution of the Church to peace
  • Part Three
    • Chapter Twelve - Social Doctrine and Ecclesial Action
      • Pastoral action in the social field
      • Social doctrine and the commitment of the lay faithful
  • Conclusion - For a Civilization of Love


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