Catholic Social Teaching Infographics & Videos

These Catholic social teaching infographics and videos will help you understand the Church’s profound wisdom. Please share them widely so that the light of our faith illumines the darkness of the world. More to come!

Effective Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages…We are challenged to be people of depth, attentive to what is happening around us and spiritually alert”.

Pope Francis

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Design

“To inform the consciences of individuals and help shape their thinking is never a neutral task. Authentic communication demands principled courage and resolve…and transmitting what is the ultimate foundation and meaning of human, personal and social existence”.

Pope Benedict XVI, 2

Infographics

This infographic presents the guidance of Catholic social teaching to handling the pandemic.
The Beginning of COVID
This infographic breaks down the 7 human rights the State must ensure as taught by Catholic social teaching
Indispensable Rights
One year into COVID, CAPP-USA analyzes the responses and their effectiveness based on Catholic social teaching.
A Year into COVID
Catholics cannot sit on the sidelines. Catholic social teaching says politics is charity. We must participate in politics. We must vote!
How Should we Vote?
An infographic on the accomplishments of CAPP's saintly founder.
The Pope who Called us to Act
This Catholic social teaching infographic lays out the state's responsibility to the economy as outlined in St. John Paul's Centesimus Annus.
Clear but Forgotten
A Catholic social teaching infographic dedicated to 5 unique features of CAPP's namesake.
A Pivotal Encyclical
We must be aware that the truth which we long to share does not derive its worth from its ‘popularity’ or from the amount of attention it receives. We must make it known in its integrity, instead of seeking to make it acceptable or diluting it.

Pope Benedict XVI

Videos

Voting according to Catholic Social Teaching – Part 1
Voting according to Catholic Social Teaching – Part 2
Voting according to Catholic Social Teaching – Part 3
Voting according to Catholic Social Teaching – Part 4
The 3 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
Perspectives from “DEATHS OF DESPAIR AND THE FUTURE OF CAPITALISM” Prof. Sir Angus Deaton Part 2
Recovering the Common Goods with Fr. Patrick Riordan, S.J.
An Easter Message from Cardinal Joseph Tobin
An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching
The Health of Nations – Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis. Most Reverend Frank Caggiano
A conversation with Prof. Sir Angus Deaton and Bishop Caggiano Moderated by Prof. Joseph Kaboski
FCAPP President Anna Maria Tarantola at the Dubai Expo
The Pathologies Eating Away at Modern Society
The Health of Nations – Perspectives from “THE GREAT ESCAPE” Prof. Sir Angus Deaton Part 1
Message from Bishop Frank Caggiano on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Purpose

Pope St. John Paul II established CAPP —
“to promote and defend the knowledge and the practice of the Church’s social doctrine.

Message to the Members of the “Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice” Foundation​

Three Key Principles

Catholic social teaching is built on three foundational principles – Human DignitySolidarity and Subsidiarity. Human Dignity, embodied in a correct understanding of the human person, is the greatest. The others flow from it. Good governments and good economic systems find ways of fostering the three principles: “The State must contribute to the achievement of these goals both directly and indirectly. Indirectly and according to the principle of subsidiarityby creating favorable conditions for the free exercise of economic activity, which will lead to abundant opportunities for employment and sources of wealth. Directly and according to the principle of solidarityby defending the weakest” (Pope St. John Paul II, 15)

Human Dignity

This means a correct understanding of the human person and of each person’s unique value. All Catholic social teaching flows from this: the inherent dignity of every person that comes from being made in God’s image. This is “the basis not only of the unity of the human family but also of our inviolable human dignity” (Pope Benedict XVI) and it is in this beginning that human rights are grounded.

Solidarity

Solidarity is not “a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of others. It is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good” (Pope St. John Paul II, 38). Love of God and love of neighbor are, in fact, linked and form one, single commandment. “We cannot believe in God the Father without seeing a brother or sister in every person, and we cannot follow Jesus without giving our lives for those for whom he died on the cross.” (Pope Francis)

Subsidiarity

Subsidiarity identifies how decisions in society need to be taken at the lowest competent level. “It is a fundamental principle of social philosophy, fixed and unchangeable, that one should not withdraw from individuals and commit to the community what they can accomplish by their own enterprise and industry. So, too, it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and a disturbance of right order to transfer to the larger and higher collectivity functions which can be performed and provided for by the lesser and subordinate bodies”. (Pope Pius XI, 79)

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