Catholic Social Teaching: The Church’s Best Kept Secret Explained

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Join Us for Our Brown Bag Lunch Webinar

Catholic social teaching helps us wrestle with and resolve the toughest issues that confront us.  Yet many call it the “Church’s best kept secret.”  So please join us for this special brown bag lunch webinar.  Learn more – get fortified and become inspired by Catholic social teaching. 

Catholic Associate Director for Parish and Community Engagement Richard Espinal directed this brown bag lunch for Catholic Charities staff.  Together they discuss the Catholic social teaching that inspires our mission at Catholic Charities to serve the neediest among us.  And now, thanks to this webinar, you can participate as well.

“Catholic social teaching is what makes the work Catholic Charities does relevant and meaningful,” Mr. Espinal says.

Our Mission

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York seeks to uphold the dignity of each person as made in the image of God by serving the basic needs of the poor, troubled, frail and oppressed of all religions.

We collaborate with parishes, as well as non-Catholic and Catholic partners, to build a compassionate and just society. Through a network of administered, sponsored and affiliated agencies, Catholic Charities delivers, coordinates, and advocates for quality human services and programs touching almost every human need. 

 So what exactly is Catholic social teaching?

Simply put, Catholic social teaching breaks down to seven basic principles according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

  1. Dignity of the Human Person
  2. Call to Family, Community and Participation
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
  4. Preferential Option for and with People who are Poor.
  5. Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  6. Solidarity
  7. Care for God's Creation


Sounds simple, but day-to-day issues are super complex, dicey issues like

  • The widening gap between the haves and have-nots
  • Individual responsibility vs. support for those in need
  • The rights of business vs. the rights of workers

Watch our special Catholic Social Teaching webinar now.