Catechism of the Catholic Church on Social Doctrine

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References to Catholic Social Teachings Found in the Catechism


The following links deal with parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church that relate to the social teachings of the Church - Man created in the image of the Holy Trinity, male and female, as social beings. What does that mean about who we are and our obligations to one another?
"Christian, recognize your dignity and, now that you share in God's own nature, do not return to your former base condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Never forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the Kingdom of God."
- St. Leo the Great
Human Dignity

Part Three. Life In Christ: Section One. Man's Vocation Life In The Spirit

Chapter One. The Dignity Of The Human Person

Article 1. Man: The Image Of God         

In Brief 

Article 2. Our Vocation To Beatitude 

   I. The Beatitudes
II. The Desire for Happiness
III. Christian Beatitude
In Brief. 

Article 3. Man's Freedom

I. Freedom and Responsibility
II. Human Freedom in the Economy of Salvation
In Brief

 Article 4. The Morality Of Human Acts

I. The Sources of Morality
II. Good Acts and Evil Acts
In Brief

 Article 5. The Morality Of The Passions

I. PassionsII. Passions and Moral LifeIn Brief

Article 6. Moral Conscience

I. The Judgment of Conscience
II. The Formation of Conscience
III. To Choose in Accord with Conscience
IV. Erroneous Judgment
In Brief

Article 7. The VIrtues

I. The Human VIrtues
II. The Theological VIrtues     
III. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
In Brief

Article 8. Sin

I. Mercy and Sin
II. The Definition of Sin
III. The Different Kinds of Sins
IV. The Gravity of Sin: Mortal and Venial Sin
V. The Proliferation of Sin
In Brief



Article 1.  The Person And Society

I. The Communal Character of the Human Vocation
II. Conversion and Society
In Brief

Article 2. Participation In Social Life

I. Authority
II. The Common Good
III. Responsibility and Participation
In Brief

Article 3. Social Justice

I. Respect for the Human Person
II. Equality and Differences Among Men
III. Human Solidarity
In Brief

Human Life
Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two: "You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
Article 5: Respect for Human Life and the Human Person
Respect for Human Life, Respect for the Dignity of Persons, Safeguarding Peace
Marriage, Family and Children
Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two: "You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Article 4. Family: (The Fourth Commandment)

I. The Family in God's Plan
II. The Family and Society ("the original cell" of society)
III. The Duties of Family Members Duties of Children; Duties of Parents (Rights and responsibilities, education choice)
IV. The Family and the Kingdom
V. The Authorities in Civil Society Duties of Civil Authorities; Duties of Citizens;The Political Community and the Church
In Brief

Part Two, Section Two: The Seven Sacraments of the Church

Article 7. The Sacrament Of Matrimony

I. Marriage in God's Plan
II. The Celebration of Marriage
III. Matrimonial Consent
IV. The Effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony
V. The Goods and Requirements of Conjugal Love
VI. The Domestic Church
In Brief

Sexuality (including offenses against marriage)
Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two: "You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Article 6. The Sixth Commandment

I. "Male and Female He Created Them . . ."
II. The Vocation to Chastity
III. The Love of Husband and Wife
IV. Offenses Against the Dignity of Marriage
In Brief

Article 9. The Ninth Commandment

I. Purification of the Heart
II. The Battle for Purity
In Brief

Human Freedom

Catechism Sections Related to the Social Teachings

Human Dignity
Man and Social Order
Human Life
Marriage, Family and Children
Human Freedom
Social Justice

Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two: "You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Article 8: The Eighth Commandment
Living in the Truth, To Bear Witness to the Truth, Offenses Against Truth, Respect for the Truth, The Use of the Social Communications Media, Truth, Beauty, and Sacred Art
Social Justice (Poverty, Work, Property)
Part Three, Section Two, Chapter Two: "You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself"
Article 7: The Seventh Commandment
The Universal Destination and the Private Ownership of Goods, Respect for Persons and Their Goods, The Social Doctrine of the Church, Economic Activity and Social Justice, Justice and Solidarity among Nations, Love for the Poor
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