Roman Catholic Resources

These important documents and resources produced and provided through the Catholic church are in no way exhaustive, but provide a good overview of some of the church teachings and policies regarding issues related to social justice.

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

The Pontifical Council’s Main Page
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Encyclicals of Pope John Paul II

Laborem Exercens (On Human Work), 1981
Solicitudo rei Socialis (On Social Concern), 1987
Centesimus Annus (On the Hundreth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum), 1991

Encyclicals of Pope Benedict XVI

Deus caritas est (God is Love), 2005
Spei salvi (Saved in Hope), 2007
Caritas in veritate (Charity in Truth), 2009

Encyclicals and other materials from Pope Francis

Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith), 2013
Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel), 2013
No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters, 2015
Laudato Si, 2015

Jesuit Resources

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Catechism of the Catholic Church
Economic Justice for All
On Catholic Social Teaching
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
The Challenge of Peace
The Two Feet of Social Action