Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace

The Church’s social doctrine starts from the God-given dignity of each person, it is directed not just at believers, but to all people of goodwill. This comprehensive companion to Catholic Social Teaching gives provides insights into a wide range of subjects, from theological teachings on the nature of sin to biotechnology and the right to work.

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Faithful Citizens

Faithful Citizens – A practical guide to Catholic Social Teaching and Community Organising

Austen Ivereigh

Faithful Citizens is a call to action to parishioners, teachers, catechists and all who work in justice and peace, to join the adventure of love and fellowship which is citizen politics.

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Catholic Social Teaching in Action

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Ireland has put together this book made up of contributions from authors coming from a variety of backgrounds who all share a desire to apply Catholic Social Teaching. The book is made up of 12 chapters which look at how CST can be applied, and all done in a way which tries to be accessible so a wider audience can access it.

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Labour and Justice: The Worker in Catholic Social Teaching

Gavan Duffy

In this book Gavan Duffy explores the development of Catholic Social Teaching in its application to the rights and duties of labour. ‘Labour and Justice’ begins by exploring examples of the biblical ‘worker’ and concludes with an important discussion of the emergence of radical free market economic theory in the 80’s, suggesting that this represents a new challenge to the Christian vision of a free and just society.

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Climate and Christ - Ed EchlinClimate and Christ

Ed Echlin

Climate and Christ describes what climate change is and how it happens, and suggests ways in which ordinary people can help to mitigate it.

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living justice Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action

Thomas Massaro S.J.

A great study offers a brief, but comprehensive view of Catholic Social Teaching. A classroom edition is available which includes questions to reflect upon.

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Peace Be With You: Justified Warfare or the Way of Nonviolence

Eileen Egan

Peace Be With You is an excellent overview of the development of Christian peacemaking. In part one Eileen Egan takes a critical look at the Just War tradition. Part two includes a chapter on the war and peace debate at the Second Vatican Council. Part three is a mini-biography of her good friend, the Catholic peace activist, Dorothy Day.

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War and the Christian Conscience: Where Do You Stand?

Joseph J. Fahey

This book uses a hypothetical case of a US female student called up to the army after the President reinstated the draft. this fascinating study covers the moral, philosophical and theological issues of participating in war. The author has designed this to be an interactive experience, with calls for discussion and thought at the end of each chapter.

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Globalization, Spirituality and Justice by Daniel Groody

Globalization, Spirituality and Justice

Daniel Groody

This text, designed for use in the classroom, offers a rigorously critical yet inspirational vision of justice as an integral part of Christian spirituality in the world today. Daniel Groody introduces readers to the Christian message on justice and human liberation in its historical context, and the challenge of social teaching.

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the heart of cstThe Heart of Catholic Social Teaching

David Matzko McCarthy (ed.)

This book is contributed to by several authors who have been researching, lecturing and talking about Catholic Social Teaching together for many years, and therefore is more than just a collection of unrelated essays.

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dorrOption for the Poor, and for the Earth

Donal Dorr

This CST classic has had a large section on the environment added in its latest edition. Donal Dorr is an Irish missionary priest who has taught theology and philosophy in Ireland, as well as teaching in Brazil and many African counties.

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Introduction to Catholic Social Thought

An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought

Michael Hornsby-Smith offers an overview of Catholic social thought particularly, drawing on official teaching such as papal encyclicals and the pastoral letters of bishops’ conferences. The book offers a social analysis of the causes of injustices and recommends social action responses needed in our society today.

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Harm not the earth

Megan McKenna

Harm not the earth is a wake up call which tells us that it is time to start bearing fruit; not for personal sanctification or salvation, but for the good of all.

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Being Consumed

William T. Cavanaugh looks at consumerism and the market economy in the light of God’s presence in the Eucharist, and puts forward a new way of seeing things that lead us out old binary and stagnent ways of understanding modern culture. This book is fresh and interesting while also accessible for those new to the area.

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Peace In The Post-Christian Era

Thomas Merton Originally written in 1962 this book is the work of Trappist monk from Kentucky’s Abbey of Gethsemani. Written in a time when nuclear annihilation was a constant and real threat, this book illuminates both the very real possibility of the end of mankind and also provides relevant and provoking insights about the world today.

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Hope in an Age of Despair

Hope In An Age of Despair

Albert Nolan

Nolan has been a notable leader in the Catholic church and the Dominican Order in South Africa during the difficult years of apartheid and beyond. His book. although not a direct commentary on CST, reflects on it in a most comprehensive and accessible way. It brings the thinking out of the CST bubble – and even includes ‘Spirituality’.

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curranCatholic Social Teaching 1891-present: A Historical, Theological and Ethical Analysis

Charles E. Curran

This book, by distinguished moral theologian Charles Curran is a more in depth and academic look at Catholic Social Teaching.

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The Eucharist and Social Justice - Margaret Scott

The Eucharist and Social Justice

Margaret Scott Aci

A book for the 21st century, Sr. Margaret asks is there something in the dynamic of the eucharistic celebration that can inform globalisation and make it more humane, inclusive and sustainable.

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Becoming a Green Christian - Ellen Teague

Becoming a Green Christian

Ellen Teague

A handbook for Christians who are seeking to understand and participate in the movement towards responsible and sustainable living in the twenty-first century.

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Paint the Church Green

Paint the church green

Ellen Teague

Paint the Church Green enables church groups to explore the relationship between faith and concern for the natural world.

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Living Justice and Peace

Living Justice and Peace

Jerry Windley-Daoust The course empowers students to examine society critically based on values from the Scriptures and on the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Teacher’s Manual.

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Christianity & Contemporary Politics

Luke Bretherton

A book that’s scope is much wider than Catholic Social Teaching, but among other things situates the Catholic contribution to political theology in a much wider and broader context. A comprehensive academic study of the area around Christianity and Contemporary Politics.

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cstbooth copyCatholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy

Phillip Booth

This book explores the finanical and ecomic world through a Catholic Social Teaching perspective. Phillip Booth, the author, a Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has written on a wide range of financial and Catholic Teaching subjects. Partially interesting is the analysis of the moral and economic justification of international aid.

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