The African Forum for Catholic Social Teaching
What is Catholic Social Teaching (CST)?
A growing body of social wisdom about human beings in society, about the structures, cultures, systems and processes of society that help us to enable all human beings to grow to their fullness. This teaching offers guidelines, questions and possible directions to follow when dealing with human challenges.
- This wisdom comes from
- Writings of theologians
- Church documents
- witnesses of just persons and communities
- Church and faith tradition
Values of CST
- “Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the gospel” Justice in the World, 1971
- Dignity of the Human Person
Every human person is created in God’s image and is worthy of respect regardless of race, tribe, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, employment, economic status, health, intelligence, or any other distinguishing characteristics.
People have a right and a duty to participate in society in order to search, in collaboration with others, for the common good and well-being of everyone, especially the poor and marginalized.
- Promotion of Common Good
We must promote the common good — those conditions which make it possible for all people to fully achieve their natural potential by growing physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially.
- We all belong to one human family. Thus, to be in solidarity with others is to be moved by their suffering and to be uplifted by their happiness.