Catholic Social Doctrine

The Catholic Social Doctrine forms the basis for contributions of the German Commission for Justice and Peace to design development, peace and human rights policies in Germany.

Pope John XXIII in his encyclical Pacem in Terris in 1963 already demanded to recognize the signs of the times and to find courageous answers in the light of faith which are inspired by the principles and teachings of the Catholic social doctrine. The members of the German Commission for Justice and Peace and the institutions they represent as for example aid agencies or social welfare organisations also promote the Catholic social doctrine in their own way.
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church published in 2004 provides a systematic overview of the core elements of the Catholic social doctrine. It refers to the major social encyclical letters and documents of the Second Vatican Council. The Compendium is presented as an instrument for moral discernment, an inspiration to social commitment and an incentive for dialogue. It addresses not only faithful Christians, but all people of good will.

The Austrian Commission for Justice and Peace has set up a German-language archive about the Catholic social doctrine.

In Germany the Central Agency for Catholic Social Sciences (Katholische Sozialwissenschaftliche Zentralstelle - KSZ) is devoted to the networking and interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of Christian social ethics and related social sciences. It cooperates with the Community of Christian Social Ethics in the German-speaking countries (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der christlichen Sozialethiker/innen im deutschsprachigen Raum).

Ordo Socialis, an Association for the Promotion of Christian Social Teaching, with its publications (provided in many languages) wants to offer help for evaluating the current socio-political developments in different countries in the light of the Catholic social doctrine and to encourage to participate in the shaping of the respective communities. The website is available in five languages (German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese).

Members of the Commission

Deutschsprachiges Archiv zurKatholischen Solziallehre

Compendium of the Social Doctrine

Katholische Sozialwissenschaftliche Zentralstelle

Ordo Socialis