The Social doctrine of the Church…

….consists of a number of Church documents setting out principles for reflection, criteria for judgement and directives for action….

  • dignity of the human person: individual freedom and human sociality, rights and duties
  • dignity of human work: relation between work and capital, work and private property     common good and common responsibility
  • authority as a moral force, participation and democracy
  • principles of subsidiarity,of participation and of solidarity.


Pope Frances highlights these social principles as the most important mission of the church, when he calls the Holy Year 2016 a “Jubilee of Mercy”.

Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy. … It would not be out of place at this point to recall the relationship between justice and mercy. … If God limited himself to only justice, he would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected. But mere justice is not enough. (Misericordia vultus)