Catholic Social Teaching

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The latest edition of the classic text offers students, teachers, lay people and religious an overview of the history of the social teaching of the Catholic church.

Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best-Kept Secret presents outlines of both recent and historic church documents to help Catholics appreciate and share their rich heritage of following Jesus command to "love one another." This fourth revised and expanded edition includes encyclicals from Rerum Novarum (1891) to Evangelium Vitae (1995) as well as treatments of these key documents from around the globe: The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992); The Future Is Ours (Zambia, 1991); The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae, 1995); The Struggle Against Poverty (Canada, 1996); Towards a More Just and Brotherly World (Hungary, 1997); A Milestone for the Human Family (Australia, 1998); Journeying Together toward the Third Millennium (Asia, 1990); A Renewed Church in Asia: A Mission of Love and Service (Asia, 2000); Evangelical and Ethical Imperatives to Overcome Misery and Hunger (Brazil, 2002); To the People of God: Journeying in Central America (El Salvador, 2002).

Edward P. DeBerri is a social justice activist who serves as a hospice chaplain and a spiritual director in upstate New York. He is author of Mind over Muddle: Critical Thinking for a Complex World.

James E. Hug, S.J., is president of the Center of Concern, Washington, DC.

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Catholic Social Teaching
Our Best Kept Secret
Edward P. DeBerri
James E. Hug
with Peter J. Henriot and Michael J. Schultheis
Discussion Questions, Bibliography

Introduction (O'Neill_Catholic_Social_Teaching_Intro.pdf, 71 Kb) [Download]

Table of Contents (O'Neill_Catholic_Social_Teaching_TOC.pdf, 76 Kb) [Download]