Catholic Social Teaching

If you are looking for information about Catholic social teaching you can browse this guide to find books and articles on the topic available in the library.  You can also browse a helpful and comprehensive list of high quality web sites covering the topic.

To see a full listing of books on Catholic social teaching available in the library, you can click the library catalog link (near the top left of any library page).  Then enter the keywords Catholic social teaching (or Catholic social thought) and click search.  The following is a short list of some useful books on the topic:

American Catholic Social Teaching(Massaro and Shannon, 2002)
Catholic Ethics in Today's World (Zalot and Geuvin, 2008)
Catholic Social Teaching, 1891-present(Curran, 2002)
Introducing Catholic Social Thought(Thompson, 2010)
Living Justice (Massaro, 2000)
The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching (McCarthy, 2009)
The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought(Dwyer and Montgomery, 1994)
That They May Be One (Nothwehr, 2008)


You can also do a search of library databases combining keywords to find articles related to Catholic social teaching.

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index Contains many religious studies journals in full text.
JSTOR - Arts & Sciences Collections Covers all sorts of topics.  Use the Narrow By Discipline menu to select religion and find additional articles on your topic.

Web Sites
The following list of web sites links to additional information about Catholic social teaching.

Catholic Social Teaching (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) 
Catholic Social Teaching: Faith in a Better World (Live Simply)
Collegium: A Colloquy of Faith and Intellectual Life
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (The Holy See)
Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (some selections available in English)
Education for Justice (Center of Concern)
Major Documents (Catholic Charities of St.Paul and Minneapolis)
Resources on Catholic Social Teaching and Current Issues (Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities)
The Busy Christian's Guide to Catholic Social Teaching (U.S. Catholic)
Themes of Catholic Social Teaching (Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good)
Woodstock Theological Center

Organizations Working on Issues Related to CST
Amnesty International

Bread for the World
Catholic Climate Covenant
Catholic Relief Services
Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
Human Rights Watch
Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la UCA
Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
International Campaign to Ban Landmines
Justice for Immigrants
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Movimiento de Adolecentes y Ninos Trabajadores Hijos de Obreros Christianos
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
National Farm Worker Ministry
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Pax Christi International
Pax Christi USA
Restorative Justice Online
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
SOA Watch
The Catholic Worker Movement
World Wildlife Fund

If you have any questions about finding information about Catholic social teaching, send an e-mail to or call (563) 588-6421.

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