Social Doctrine of the Church


Catholic social teaching can be difficult to summarize simply. There is an ongoing development of doctrine on social questions, as seen in the writings of various popes, from Pope Leo XIII’s charter of Catholic social thought Rerum Novarum, through Pope Saint John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris and Pope Saint John Paul II’s Centesimus Annus, to the second part of Pope Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est. Now we have Laudato Si’ by Pope Francis.
And we have The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church which was published in 2004 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the request of Pope John Paul II.