The Catholic Social teachings are often referred to as the: “Best kept Secret of the Church”. Outline the Catholic Social Doctrines and assess whether these teachings are well known and applied to social problems in the Church as a whole, and in your own church context.
The Catholic Social Doctrines include:
Human life and dignity
Rights and responsibilities
call to family, community, and participation
Preferential option for the poor
The dignity of work and the rights of workers
Care of Gods creation
The above teachings are well-known and the Catholic faithful try to apply them in their daily lives. The church upholds respect for human life by condemning abortion and the use of contraceptives. It calls for the members to be responsible and take care of their families. The church also participates in charity events and donates food and clothes for the poor. No form of discrimination is acceptable in the church. Members love and support one another regardless of race, ethnicity, or country of origin. The church takes part in environmental cleaning and planting of trees to continue with God's creation.