Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice.
It holds that God has a special plan for every single one of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan isn’t just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or times when we do "religious things." It involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as a responsible global citizen.
Our part in this story is a kind-of vocation for the common good, a call to treat everyone as our brothers and sisters. It is something that we all share.
The Catholic Church has seven principles of social teaching that we share with our children through all that we do, through the curriculum, special events and activity and through our ordinary actions in school.
We use many of the resources of CARITAS Australia to help us make some of the challenges of social teaching more understandable for our pupils.
There are 7 principles of Catholic Social Teaching, we are called to uphold them.
- Sharing God's world, protecting the poor - How do students share at home and at school? What are the kinds of things that are shared? Should everyone get exactly the same? Should some people get more? Why? For example, families with more children might need more resources, or someone with a disability might need extra help.
- Human Dignity - ‘What makes me special?’ ‘What makes people special? ‘How should we treat each other?’
- Caring for God's World - How do I show respect for Creation? The earth and all life on it are part of God’s creation. We are called to respect this gift. We are responsible for taking care of the world we live in and for sharing all the wonders and resources the earth gives us.
- The Common Good - What is ‘true community’? The common good is reached when we work together to improve the wellbeing of people in our society and the wider world.
- Solidarity - Who are our leaders? How do we stand with others? How did Jesus show service and justice?
- Family, community and participation
- Dignity in work
We include below an example of one of the videos that we use in teaching.
Catholic social teaching is used in many subjects, history, geography and English, it is not taught just in RE. We teach our children to be thought about and challenging of the world's organisations and communities, we must work together to build a better world for the future.