Catholic Social Teaching has its roots in the Teachings of Jesus, the Scriptures, and the entire Tradition of the Church. Since the 1800's, magisterial Catholic Social Teaching comes to us in encyclicals and other formal documents of the Church. Some in our Church call Catholic Social Justice Teaching "the greatest secret" in our Church because it is not often taught as a body of teaching in formational courses. Clearly, though, saying "Yes" to following Jesus challenges us all to live lives in relationship with God and others which demand charity and justice. And Catholic Social Teaching provides a blueprint to that end for those who believe in Jesus.
St. Brigid's Parish works hard to effect the "two feet" of Catholic Social Teaching - charity and justice - in our outreach to those in need. Catholic Social Justice Teaching drives our entire parish outreach effort. Check out the first video and begin to explore the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Then, watch the video that follows it from Bishop Robert Barron as he explores further the richness of official Catholic Social Justice Teaching as it is present in the teachings of Pope Francis especially in his hallmark encyclical, "Laudato Si."