Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace


The Church’s social doctrine starts from the God-given dignity of each person, it is directed not just at believers, but to all people of goodwill. This comprehensive companion to Catholic Social Teaching gives provides insights into a wide range of subjects, from theological teachings on the nature of sin to biotechnology and the right to work.

Faithful Citizens – A practical guide to Catholic Social Teaching and Community Organising

Austin Averleigh

Faithful Citizens is a call to action to parishioners, teachers, catechists and all who work in justice and peace, to join the adventure of love and fellowship which is citizen politics.

Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy

Phillip Booth

This book explores the finanical and ecomic world through a Catholic Social Teaching perspective. Phillip Booth, the author, a Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has written on a wide range of financial and Catholic Teaching subjects. Partially interesting is the analysis of the moral and economic justification of international aid

Labour and Justice: The Worker in Catholic Social Teaching

Gavan Duffy

In this book Gavan Duffy explores the development of Catholic Social Teaching in its application to the rights and duties of labour. ‘Labour and Justice’ begins by exploring examples of the biblical ‘worker’ and concludes with an important discussion of the emergence of radical free market economic theory in the 80’s, suggesting that this represents a new challenge to the Christian vision of a free and just society.

Climate and Christ

Ed Echlin

Climate and Christ describes what climate change is and how it happens, and suggests ways in which ordinary people can help to mitigate it.

Peace Be With You: Justified Warfare or the Way of Nonviolence

Eileen Egan

Peace Be With You is an excellent overview of the development of Christian peacemaking. In part one Eileen Egan takes a critical look at the Just War tradition. Part two includes a chapter on the war and peace debate at the Second Vatican Council. Part three is a mini-biography of her good friend, the Catholic peace activist, Dorothy Day.

War and the Christian Conscience: Where Do You Stand?

Joseph J. Fahey

This book uses a hypothetical case of a US female student called up to the army after the President reinstated the draft. this fascinating study covers the moral, philosophical and theological issues of participating in war. The author has designed this to be an interactive experience, with calls for discussion and thought at the end of each chapter.

Globalization, Spirituality and Justice

Daniel Groody

This text, designed for use in the classroom, offers a rigorously critical yet inspirational vision of justice as an integral part of Christian spirituality in the world today. Daniel Groody introduces readers to the Christian message on justice and human liberation in its historical context, and the challenge of social teaching.

An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought

Michael Hornsby-Smith offers an overview of Catholic social thought particularly, drawing on official teaching such as papal encyclicals and the pastoral letters of bishops’ conferences. The book offers a social analysis of the causes of injustices and recommends social action responses needed in our society today.

Harm not the earth

Megan McKenna

Harm not the earth is a wake up call which tells us that it is time to start bearing fruit; not for personal sanctification or salvation, but for the good of all.

Peace In The Post-Christian Era

Thomas Merton

Originally written in 1962 this book is the work of Trappist monk from Kentucky’s Abbey of Gethsemani. Written in a time when nuclear annihilation was a constant and real threat, this book illuminates both the very real possibility of the end of mankind and also provides relevant and provoking insights about the world today.

Hope In An Age of Despair

Albert Nolan

Nolan has been a notable leader in the Catholic church and the Dominican Order in South Africa during the difficult years of apartheid and beyond. His book. although not a direct commentary on CST, reflects on it in a most comprehensive and accessible way.  It brings the thinking out of the CST bubble – and even includes ‘Spirituality’.

Jesus Today – A Spirituality of Radical Freedom

Albert Nolan

Nolan writes poignantly about Jesus’ experience on earth and his experience in union with God — and how it was connected to his prophetic mission.

YouCat – The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

by Cardinal Christoph Schonborn

Youcat is the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, and has been developed with the help of young Catholics and written for secondary-school-age students and young adults.With an engaging layout and clear but in-depth prose this resource is perfect for those growing in faith.

The Eucharist and Social Justice

Margaret Scott Aci

A book for the 21st century, Sr. Margaret asks is there something in the dynamic of the eucharistic celebration that can inform globalisation and make it more humane, inclusive and sustainable.

Becoming a Green Christian

Ellen Teague

A handbook for Christians who are seeking to understand and participate in the movement towards responsible and sustainable living in the twenty-first century.

Paint the church green

Ellen Teague

Paint the Church Green enables church groups to explore the relationship between faith and concern for the natural world.

Living Justice and Peace

Jerry Windley-Daoust

The course empowers students to examine society critically based on values from the Scriptures and on the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Teacher’s Manual.


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