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See Also – California Bishop’s Statements, Social Encyclicals, Catholic Social Teaching Themes

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship provides this list of references for Catholics interested in a full purview of the Church’s teachings on social justice and moral issues:

  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Libreria Editrice Vaticana—United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2000.
  • Pope Francis. Laudato Si' (On Care for Our Common Home). Washington, DC: USCCB, 2015
  • Pope Francis. Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Washington, DC: USCCB, 2013.
  • Pope Benedict XVI. Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth). Washington, DC: USCCB, 2009.
  • Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Washington, DC. USCCB, 2004.
  • Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life. In Readings on Catholics in Political Life. Washington, DC: USCCB, 2006.
  • Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, 2003.
  • Pope Benedict XVI. Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love). Washington, DC: USCCB, 2006.
  • Pope Benedict XVI. Sacramentum Caritatis (The Sacrament of Charity). Washington, DC: USCCB, 2007.
  • Pope John XXIII. Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). Washington, DC: USCCB, 1963.
  • Pope John Paul II. Christifideles Laici (On the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World). Washington, DC: USCCB, 1989.
  • Pope John Paul II. Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). Washington, DC: USCCB, 1995.
  • Pope John Paul II. Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth). Washington, DC: USCCB, 1993.
  • Second Vatican Council. Dignitatis Humanae (Declaration on Religious Liberty). Vatican website.
  • Second Vatican Council. Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World). Vatican website.
  • USCCB. Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics. Washington, DC: USCCB, 1998.

Other resources, recommended by the USCCB, can be found at: action/faithful-citizenship/forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship-statements.cfm. These include the U.S. bishops’ statements on such values as protecting human life, promoting family life, pursuing social justice and practicing global solidarity.

In addition, the USCCB website – –references major policy-related speeches of Pope Francis during his apostolic visit to the United States and the United Nations in September 2015.

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