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Catholic social teaching principles

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Catholic social teaching principles

  1. 1. Catholic Social Teaching Principles for Primary School
  2. 2. The Bible teaches us how God wants us to live with other people.
  3. 3. Catholic Social Teaching principles are founded on the messages of the prophets, of Jesus and of our church leaders.
  4. 4. These are the main Catholic Social Teaching Principles we work with: Human Dignity Common good Solidarity Subsidiarity Participation Stewardship Preferential Option for the poor
  5. 5. Human Dignity We are all special because God made us. We have to make sure other people are treated with respect and fairness because God made them too! A mother holds her baby, who has just received the polio vaccine and other immunizations. At the clinic in Hamedia camp near Zalingei, Darfur, Credit:LauraSheahen/CaritasACT2013
  6. 6. Common Good We should always try to think about what is good for everyone, not just ourselves. It’s about living together in a community. CST principles unpacked
  7. 7. Solidarity We all need each other. We are one big human family. It’s about working together. CST principles unpacked
  8. 8. Subsidiarity People who make decisions should listen to everyone and give everyone the chance to share their opinions. CST principles unpacked Village women meet for Australia-supported Harith Ashia ('Green Hope') integrated natural resource management program. India Credit:PeterSaunders
  9. 9. Participation Everyone should be able to work and use the talents that God gave them. CST principles unpacked Module 1 In Chawir, there are two large communal gardens. Around 200 women work here everyday. Chad. Credit:caritasSwitzerland
  10. 10. Stewardship: Care for Creation We need to take care of the earth because it is for everyone. CST principles unpacked Module 1 A farmer who has received help with sustainable agriculture techniques. Afghanistan. Credit:CaritasAustralia
  11. 11. Preferential Option for the Poor The Bible teaches us to take extra special care of the most vulnerable people in society. We should try to create a more fair world. CST principles unpacked Makeshift shelters made with sticks, blankets and plastic sheeting are the only means of shade or warmth for many of the Malian refugees who have fled the West African food crisis situation in Niger. Credit:CatholicReliefServices
  12. 12. An easy guide to Catholic Social Teaching Principles CST principles unpacked Human Dignity Common good Solidarity Subsidiarity Participation Stewardship Preferential Option for the poor
  13. 13. Picture credits Slide 7: Sheahen/Caritas ACT 2013 Slide 9: P. Jeffery Slide 10: Peter Saunders Slide 11: Caritas Switzerland Slide 12: Caritas Australia Slide 14: Catholic Relief Services Wording for principles adapted from Anne E.Neuberger (CST for Kids) with permission. Find out more: www.caritas.org.au Last updated September 2013

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