Catholic Social Teaching

It is not enough to say we are Christians.  We must live the faith,not only with our words, but with our actions. 
– Pope Francis

Key principles of Catholic social teaching

Human Dignity – made in God’s Image

Each of us is made in God’s image, which means every person has an innate human dignity – te mana i te tangata – no one can take away.

Solidarity – Walking together

Being in solidarity is recognising others as our brothers and sisters and actively working for their good. In our connected humanity, we are invited to build relationships – whakawhānaunatanga – to understand what life is like for others who are different from us.

Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable – protecting those in need

Having a preferential option for the poor – he whakaaro nui mō te hunga rawakore – compels us to think first of the needs of those who are most vulnerable.

Common good – The good of each and all

Commitment to the common good means working for the good of all – he painga mā te katoa. This means respecting the rights and responsibilities of all people.

Subsidiarity – empowering communities

Taking account of subsidiarity – mana whakahaere – means ensuring decision making happens at the most appropriate level, so all those affected can contribute.

Stewardship – being responsible guardians

We are kaitiaki – guardians of the earth. Exercising stewardship is caring for the gifts God has given us, including the environment, our own personal talents and other resources.

Participation – everyone with a part to play

Promoting participation – nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou – means recognising we each have something unique and important to contribute to society. We are called to be active members of our local and global communities.