Religious Life / Catholic Social Teaching - also called Catholic Social Doctrine, Social Doctrine of the Church, Catholic Social Thinking. Please scroll down to access a range of resources related to this topic, including:

1 Camilo Maccise on Religious Life: March 27th 2010 seminar.See below for translations.

2 'For Human Dignity' - extracts from interventions of Benedict XVI nd the Holy See about International questions.
- CST resources from a seminar titled ' Guide us in your Justice', held February 9th 2010
- A summary of papal encycical 'Caritas en Veritate' - Major themes of Catholic Social Teaching - by Kevin Ahern - July 2009, and
- A presentation by Prof Stefano ZAMAGNI (Univ of Bologna) on 'Fraternity, Gift, Reciprocity' in 'Caritas en Veritate' encyclical.

1 March 2010 - 'Paths for a Prophetic Religious Life' Camilo Maccise - ex Superior General of Carmelite order and ex President of the USG

Paths for a Prophetic Religious Life

'Caminos hacia una vida religiosa profética hoy' Espanol, Ingles y Italiano (Spanish, English & Italian)
'Paths for a Prophetic Religious Life Today'

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Please see also ES_DSI wikipage for Spanish original for Fr Macises two talks delivered on March 27th. Support to translation into other languages and input to improved tanslations will be welcomed. Please contact if you can assist.

2 February 2010 - "For Human dignity" - Extracts from Interventions of Benedict XVI and the Holy See about International questions.


February 2010 - Seminar: «Guide us in Your Justice» (Cf. Ps 5,9)
A formation itinerary for a prophetic Religious Life, took place on February 9th 2010 - 9am to 6.30pm at the Fratelli delle Scuole Cristiani. Below the programme delivered in English, Italian, Spanish and French:

Programme content will be made available on this wikispace in the coming weeks, when a post editing process has been completed. Please contact with any additional questions.

July 2009 - Caritas en Veritate, Benedict XVIs Encyclical on Social Doctrine (July 2009), with a summary of content.

"Caritas in Veritate" - Benedict XVI's social encyclical (published 7 July 2009)

15 Major Themes of Catholic Social Teaching (by Kevin Ahern)

1. The Dignity of the Human Person
Every person from “conception to natural death” is sacred and made in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1: 27). Human Rights are an important recognition of this.

2. Common Good
We are called to work together to promote and protect the Common Good which ensures the dignity of all people in our local, national, and international communities.
3. Solidarity
As human beings we are interdependent with one another, both near and far. Solidarity helps us to recognize that what touches one of us, affects us all.
4. The Central Role of the Family
Although, diverse in form and traditions, families around the world play an important role as the “the basic unit of society” and they must be protected and supported.
5. Preferential Option for the Poor and the Marginalized
Whatever we do (or not do for) to the poorest of our society, we do to Jesus. Every public policy decision and personal choice must be seen in how they affect the poor.
6. Rights and Responsibilities
Our inherent dignity gives us basic human rights but also places on us corresponding responsibilities (duties) to ourselves and others to ensure that their rights are also protected.

7. The Proper Role of Government and Subsidiarity
Structures of society (local and national government, the UN) have an important role to play when local levels cannot solve problems, but they should be mindful of the limits and responsibilities to their power. Such institutions are not ends in themselves. They must be at the service of persons and the common good.

8. Participation and Citizenship
People have a responsibility to take active roles in our various communities (local, national, and global) and to make moral decisions when we vote.
9. Economic Justice
People must be at the center of the economy and economic structures. People have the right to private property but no one has the right to excessive wealth at the expense of others.
10. Integral Human Development
Development is much more than poverty eradication but must treat the whole person. People must be empowered to be agents in building up their own futures.
11. Stewardship of God’s Creation
God has given to us the gift of creation with the special responsibility to watch over and protect it. This gift has been given for the benefit of all of humanity, present and future.

12. Peace
We are called to be peacemakers and peace is not just absence of war but must also address issues of justice, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
13. Migration
People have the right to migrate and move in search of better lives for them and their families. Christians are called to welcome the “stranger” as if they were Christ.
14. Rights and Dignity of Workers
The right to work is a fundamental human right. To ensure that workers not be exploited, workers may form associations or unions to protect their dignity.
15. Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue
We are called to work with all men and women of good will for the betterment of society, including those who have views different than our own.

February 2010 (posted); Presentation by Prof. Stefano Zamagni (University of Bologna) on 'Fraternity, Gift, Reciprocity' in "Caritas en Veritate" encyclical, presented at the Fratelli delle Scuole Cristiani, September 29th 2009: (see also summary of encyclical at base of this page)