What is Catholic Social Teaching and how does it apply to our work?

Catholic Social Teaching: Guiding Principles

People may not always be aware of this, but they are often attracted to working for our organisations because of the underlying principles of Catholic Social Teaching: find out why...

Jesuit Social Services CEO, Julie Edwards provides an overview of the body of wisdom contained in Catholic Social Teaching, with examples of those principles in action and what it means for a Catholic organisation to apply the principles to providing services. In this episode, Julie Edward explains the following principles with examples of how they can be applied in action:

- Dignity of the human person
- Solidarity and service
- Common good
- Preference for the poor
- Stewardship
- Subsidiarity

Catholic Social Teaching – a unique lens for decision making

Catholic Social Teaching needs to come off the shelf! Watch this episode to see how it can be a lens for decision making in our organisations.

In this episode, Julie Morgan, former group manager, social justice policy and practice at St Vincent's Health Australia, suggests the need for two "lenses" of Catholic Social Teaching to be brought to bear on decision-making. One lens enables people to see the immediate situation of people experiencing disadvantage; the other lens allows reflection on the causes of their disadvantage that need to be addressed. The body of wisdom contained in Catholic Social Teaching offers a guide for ordering the structures that underpin Catholic Health and Aged Care and the discernment process for deciding on what services are offered, and how they are delivered.