Catholic Social Teaching

The members of the Murphy Initiative echo Church teaching and strive to serve God’s people for the sake of justice and peace.

Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God’s special love for the poor and called God’s people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came “to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind”( Lk 4:18-19 ), and who identified himself with “the least of these,” the hungry and the stranger ( cf. Mt 25:45 ). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ.

We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice.

“Catholic social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. Our commitment to the Catholic social mission must be rooted in and strengthened by our spiritual lives. In our relationship with God we experience the conversion of heart that is necessary to truly love one another as God has loved us.” —from Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions.

US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching