Research Paper Catholic Social Teaching Activities

Catholic Social Teaching



  1. Catholic Social Teaching Tree (PDF)
  2. CST Initialism Visual HW (PDF), Seven Cats Ran Past Dung-Slinging Cows (Mr. Aitchison example) (PDF)
  3. Faithful Citizenship Online Quiz (web link)
  4. USCCB Faithful Citizenship – Full Document (PDF)
  5. USCCB Faithful Citizenship Keynote (PDF)
  6. CST Faithful Citizenship HW pages 3-5 (PDF), CST Faithful Citizenship HW pages 6-9 (PDF), CST Faithful Citizenship HW pages 10-13 (PDF)
  7. CST Faithful Citizenship Class Notes Guide (PDF), CST Faithful Citizenship Class Notes Guide – completed (PDF)



  1. January 1973 (video web link), Meet Jane Roe (video web link)
  2. Abortion Apologetics E-mail from Liebz – 4.25.12 (PDF)
  3. AbortionApologetics (Word doc), Abortion Apologetics – Top 10 Questions and Responses (PDF)
  4. When Does a Human Life Begin? – Catholic Answers (video web link)
  5. Abortion Statistics HW (PDF), Abortion Statistics Keynote (PDF)
  6. Baby Developmental Facts – Pro-Life Across America (PDF), The First 9 Months (PDF)
  7. SLED – The Miracle of Life – Pick 4 worksheet (PDF)
  8. SLED – Scott Klusendorf 1 (video web link), SLED – Scott Klusendorf 2 (Cliff Notes version) (video web link), The Miracle of Life (video web link)
  9. History Lesson (video web link), Humane Humanity (video web link), Imagine Commercial – Rejected by NBC and CNN (video web link)
  10. Milk Carton TV Ad (video web link), My Hero TV Ad (video web link), Nick Cannon – Can I Live? (video web link), One Small Step (video web link)
  11. ABC Link (video web link), The Case Against Abortion – Medical Testimony (video web link), The Myth of Overpopulation (video web link)
  12. Vanished TV Ad (video web link), What Do They All Have In Common? (video web link)
  1. Explanation of Euthanasia (video web link), Euthanasia – Catechism of the Catholic Church (PDF)
  2. Dying as the Last Great Act of Living – CERC article (PDF)
  3. Miracle Stories Can Double as Cautionary Tales – CERC article (PDF), Vegetative State Patients Can Respond to Questions – BBC News (PDF)
  4. Seeing Million Dollar Baby From My Wheelchair – CERC article (PDF)
  1. Why Human Cloning Is Immoral – CERC article (PDF)
  2. Why is human cloning intrinsically evil? (video web link)
  1. Stem Cell Research (PDF)
  2. Stem Cell Facts (video web link)
  3. 2-year-old girl gets windpipe made from bone marrow stem cells (PDF)
  1. Catholic Teaching on the Death Penalty (video web link)
  2. The Death Penalty – Catechism of the Catholic Church (PDF)
  3. Pope Makes Plea to Save the Life of Troy Davis – Savannah Morning News (PDF)
  4. After 35 Years in Prison, DNA Proves Not Guilty – NBC News (PDF)
  5. Why do we kill people who kill people to show them that killing people is wrong? – Quote Dog (PDF)
  1. Just War Doctrine (PDF)
  2. Can a Christian Be in the Military? – Peter Kreeft (PDF)
  3. Former aide: Powell WMD speech ‘lowest point in my life’ – CNN (PDF)
  4. War Is Hell – The Priest at Gettysburg (PDF)
  5. Fear in the Trenches – A young German soldier crying in fear while being yelled at by an officer (PDF)
  6. Fiance mourning soldier (PDF),
  7. Army Sgt. Brian Keith breaks down in tears with wife and son before deploying for yearlong mission to Afghanistan (PDF)



  1. USCCB: Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same-Sex Unions (web link)
  2. USCCB: Marriage FAQs – Unique for a Reason (web link)
  3. MCC: A Brief Catechesis on Marriage (web link)
  4. MCC: Responding to Common Accusations and Fallacies (web link)
  5. MCC: Consequences to Redefining Marriage (PDF)
  6. Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy: What is Marriage? A Secular Study (web link)
  7. Diocese of Duluth: Opposing Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Does Not Make One a Bigot (web link)
  8. The Ruth Institute: 77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man-Woman Marriage (PDF)
  9. MCC: Fr. Paul Check on Loving and Supporting People with Same-Sex Attraction (video web link)
  1. The Principle of Subsidiarity (PDF)



  1. Why Should I Care? Religious Freedom and Why It’s a Big Deal – Fr. Mike Schmitz (PDF)



  1. Poverty in America (video web link)
  2. The Cycle of Poverty – text and visual (PDF), The Cycle of Poverty (video web link)
  3. Global Rich List (web link)



  1. Time to Bite Into a Fair Apple (PDF)



  1. Solidarity (PDF)



  1. OLG Cares for God’s Creation (PDF)



  1. TAKE ACTION – Cheat Sheet (PDF)
  2. Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics – Catholic Answers (PDF)
  3. Focus on the Family Voting Scorecard (PDF)
  4. Minnesota Legislature – Who Represents Me? (PDF), Minnesota Legislature – Who Represents Me? (web link)
  5. Advocacy E-mail – Minnesota Catholic Conference (PDF)
  6. Thanks for your advocacy! – Educational Options for Low-Income Students (PDF), Thanks for your advocacy! – Afghani Christian Released from Prison (PDF)
  7. Time-lapse March for Life, Washington, D.C., 2011 (video web link), March for Life 2013 (PDF)
  8. Pro-Life Flash Mob Surprises Planned Parenthood Rally in Chicago (PDF), P.P. Lobby Day 2011 Flash Mob – Part 1 (video web link), Part 2 (video web link)
  9. Sit-In at Woolworth’s Lunch Counter, Jackson, Mississippi, Fred Blackwell, 1963 (PDF)
  10. I Just Saved a Baby While Going to Get My Haircut (PDF)
  11. Abortion Apologetics on Facebook – September 2011 (PDF)
  12. Pinterest Apologetics 1 (PDF), Pinterest Apologetics 2 (PDF)
  13. Speak Up! – Others Will Notice and Benefit from It, Too! (PDF)
  14. BSM Students for Human Life Common Basket Video (video web link), BSM Students for Human Life Common Basket Video – Results (video web link)
  15. AbortionNoMore (Word doc)



  1. CSTPick3 (Word doc)
  2. 99 Balloons (video web link)
  3. J-Mac (video web link)
  4. Mitchell (video web link)
  5. Nick Vujicic – No Arms, No Legs, No Problem! (video web link)
  6. Owen Groesser on Sportscenter (video web link)
  7. Team Hoyt (video web link)
  8. Teddy article – read this before watching video (PDF), Teddy video (video web link)
  9. Why Does It Always Rain On Me? (video web link)



  1. USCCB – Catholic Social Teaching website (web link)
  2. Catholic Social Teaching – Information for Service Hours (PDF)
  3. Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Participating in Faithful Citizenship (video web link)
  4. Guidelines for Political Activities by Churches and Pastors (PDF)
  5. CST visual – The Sanctity of All Human Life, from Conception to Natural Death (PDF)
  6. Goldfish Story (PDF)
  7. How Much Should I Give? (PDF)
  8. Worth TV Ad (video web link)
  9. Is Abortion Always Wrong? – Peter Kreeft (PDF)
  10. Meet Gianna Jessen (PDF)
  11. How to Defend Your Pro-Life Views in 5 Minutes or Less (PDF)
  12. Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments (PDF)
  13. Advanced Pro-Life Apologetics by Scott Klusendorf (PDF)



Catholic Social Thought

An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought

By Fred Kammer, SJ

See articles [permission is granted to use all of our materials ... with proper attribution to the author and JSRI, please]:

What is Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching and Migration

Catholic Social Teaching and Racism

Catholic Social Teaching and Poverty

Catholic Social Teaching and Social Structures

Catholic Social Teaching and Social Analysis

Catholic Social Teaching and Criminal Justice

Catholic Social Teaching and Taxes

Catholic Social Thought and Unemployment

Catholic Social Thought and the Death Penalty

Catholic Social Thought and "the Law"

 Catholic Social Thought and Distributive Justice

Catholic Social Thought and Restorative Justice

Catholic Social Thought and the Common Good

Catholic Social Thought and Global Financial Systems

Catholic Social Thought and Subsidiarity

Catholic Social Thought (CST) and Solidarity

Catholic Social Thought and Hunger

Catholic Social Thought and Health Care

Catholic Social Thought and Conversion

Catholic Social Thought and Wages

Catholic Social Thought and Freedom

Catholic Social Thought and Housing 

Catholic Social Thought and Unions

Catholic Social Thought and the Environment 

Catholic Social Thought and Government

Catholic Social Thought and Human Dignity 

Catholic Social Thought and Politics 

Catholic Social Thought and Gun Violence 

Catholic Social Thought and Civil Discourse

Catholic Social Thought and Advocacy 

Catholic Social Thought and War

Catholic Social Thought and Racial Solidarity

Catholic Social Thought and Policy Applications

The mission of JSRI reflects the intention of the founders that the Institute would “apply Catholic social teaching to the concrete realities of these regions…” Rooted in the Scriptures and the teaching of the Catholic Church, Catholic Social Teaching represents a developing tradition which includes organic and systematic reflection on social realities, ethical principles, and application of those principles to current circumstances.1 The foundation and primary object are the dignity of the human person with its inalienable rights, which form the nucleus of the truth about the human person.2 It involves a three-fold task imposed upon the Church: announcing the truth about human dignity and rights; denouncing unjust situations in society; and contributing to positive changes in society and real human progress.3

It may be important to note at the outset a significant distinction made by the late Rev. David A. Boileau of the philosophy department of Loyola University New Orleans:

First, Catholic social thought should not be restricted only to what is called Catholic social teaching (“CST”), which comes only from the popes and conferences of bishops. It should include Catholic nonofficial social thinking (“CNOST”). There are many other thinkers, usually neglected, such as von Ketteler, Sturzo, and John A. Ryan. They all frequently acted in the past as precursors, stimulators, and developers of the official teaching.4

To Boileau’s caution, I would add the following: the social and political action of concerned Catholics. While popes, bishops, theologians and others were developing this body of thought, thousands of others were involved in Catholic social thought “on the ground.” By this in the U.S. context, I mean the long history of the Church’s charitable and health ministries, the social workers, the Catholic Worker movement, the parish volunteers, the St. Vincent DePaul Society members, the labor movement, the civil rights movement, and the “labor priests” of the mid-twentieth century represented by men such as Loyola’s own Louis J. Twomey, SJ. Still later came the Catholic Campaign for Human Development with its emphasis on community organizing and economic development, Catholic farmworker movements, Catholic environmentalists, Pax Christi, and others. Their on-the-ground application of Catholic social thought made it real and also in turn influenced the thinkers and theologians and Church leaders.

What is called “modern Catholic Social Teaching” begins with the social encyclical of Pope Leo XIII entitled RERUM NOVARUM in 1891 and stretches to Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical DEUS CARITAS EST in 2005. A number of encyclicals, synodal, and conciliar documents comprise the highlights of this tradition, along with statements of many of the conferences of bishops across the world, such as THE CHALLENGE OF PEACE (1983) and ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR ALL (1986) by the U.S. bishops. The most important and authoritative of the documents in this 115-year-old tradition is the Document GAUDIUM ET SPES (THE CHURCH IN THE MODERN WORLD) of the Second Vatican Council in 1965.

The most recent Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2005) attempts to synthesize all of Catholic Social Teaching around four core principles:

  1. The Principle of Human Dignity: A just society can become a reality only when it is based on respect of the transcendent dignity of the human person. … “Hence, the social order and its development must invariably work to the benefit of the human person, since the order of things is to be subordinate to the order of persons, not the other way around.”5
  2. The Principle of the Common Good: According to its primary and broadly accepted sense, the common good indicates “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.”6
  3. The Principle of Subsidiarity: The principle of subsidiarity protects people from abuses by higher-level social authority and calls on these same authorities to help individuals and intermediate groups [families, cultural, recreational and professional associations, unions, political bodies, neighborhood groups] to fulfill their duties. This principle is imperative because every person, family and intermediate group has something original to offer to the community.7
  4. The Principle of Solidarity: Solidarity highlights in a particular way the intrinsic social nature of the human person, the equality of all in dignity and rights and the common path of individuals and peoples towards an ever more committed unity. … there persist in every part of the world stark inequalities between developed and developing countries, inequalities stoked also by various forms of exploitation, oppression and corruption … The acceleration of interdependence between persons and peoples needs to be accompanied by equally intense efforts on the ethical-social plane, in order to avoid the dangerous consequences of perpetrating injustice on a global scale.8

Rather than easy answers to difficult problems, the contribution of Catholic social teaching is the development of this body of thought in a “dynamic inductive-deductive process” which utilizes a three-step approach well known to Catholics steeped in the social tradition: see, judge, and act. Use of this framework for all JSRI activities will be part of our way of proceeding.

JSRI uses Catholic Social Thought as a framework for its work, as a lens with which to view the world and to shape our research, education, and advocacy.


1 Guidelines for the Study and Teaching of the Church’s Social Doctrine in the Formation of Priests, Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, dated December 30, 1988, and released June 27, 1989, No. 6, in Origins, Vol 19, No. 11, August 3, 1989, pp. 169-92.
2 Ibid., No. 4.
3 Ibid.
4 David A. Boileau, “Some Reflections on the Historical Perspective,” in Catholic Social Teaching: An Historical Perspective, Roger Aubert (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2003), pp 241-282, at. 242.
5 Compendium, op. cit., No. 132, quoting Vatican Council II, Gaudium et Spes, no. 26.
6 Ibid., No. 164, quoting Gaudium et Spes, no. 26.
7 Ibid., Nos. 185-187.
8 Ibid., No. 192.

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