Social Justice

Social Justice






  • Pope Benedict XVI writes in Caritas in Veritate. . . that "The Church forcefully maintains this link between life ethics and social ethics, fully aware that 'a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.'" (no. 15).
  • The unbreakable bond between love of God and love of neighbour is emphasized. One is so closely connected to the other that to say that we love God becomes a lie if we are closed to our neighbour or hate him altogether. Saint John’s words should rather be interpreted to mean that love of neighbour is a path that leads to the encounter with God, and that closing our eyes to our neighbour also blinds us to God. Deus Caritas Est (God is Love), #16
  • In today’s complex situation, not least because of the growth of a globalized economy, the Church’s social doctrine has become a set of fundamental guidelines offering approaches that are valid even beyond the confines of the Church: in the face of ongoing development these guidelines need to be addressed in the context of dialogue with all those seriously concerned for humanity and for the world in which we live. Deus Caritas Est (God is Love), #27
  • The direct duty to work for a just ordering of society, on the other hand, is proper to the lay faithful.As citizens of the State, they are called to take part in public life in a personal capacity.So they cannot relinquish their participation “in the many different economic, social, legislative, administrative and cultural areas, which are intended to promote organically and institutionally the common good.” The mission of the lay faithful is therefore to configure social life correctly, respecting its legitimate autonomy and cooperating with other citizens according to their respective competences and fulfilling their own responsibility. Even if the specific expressions of ecclesial charity can never be confused with the activity of the State, it still remains true that charity must animate the entire lives of the lay faithful and therefore also their political activity, lived as “social charity.” Deus Caritas Est (God is Love), #29




USCCB 2010 - 2012 GOALS

Life and Dignity of the Human Person


To affirm the intrinsic value of human life and the dignity of every human being in a way that transforms the culture.


  1. In order to develop effective communication strategies, to research the assumptions and cultural challenges that work for or against the acceptance of the intrinsic value and dignity of human life.
  2. To provide a comprehensive framework for teaching and defending the life and dignity of every human being.
  3. To use the life and dignity of the human person as the underlying framework for the work of all USCCB committees and task forces, tying together the Conferences ongoing education, policy, and advocacy efforts to mobilize the Catholic community on issues of life, justice, and peace.
  4. To mobilize the entire Catholic community to prevent erosion of any existing public policies protecting the unborn and rights of conscience.