Social Teaching of the Catholic Church

The following are some resources for learning about and participating in the Church’s social teachings:

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Published in 2004, this document brings together the insights and developments in the tradition of the Church’s social teaching. An online version of this document is available via the Vatican website

A PDF version, converted from the online document is also available here.

Catholic Conscience

This group is an independent, non-partisan organization devoted to the formation of all Catholics, and others of good will, for full civic participation in accordance with the social teachings of the Catholic Church. Representatives from Catholic Conscience work with St Peter’s by providing presentations on the social teaching of the Church. More information about Catholic Conscience can be found via their website

An introduction to the social teachings of the Church, created by Catholic Conscience is available here in PDF format. This small document uses The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church as a primary source.