Catholic Social Justice Teaching



“When will our consciences grow so tender that we act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Social justice and basic human/civil rights are the rights of all humans.  Sadly, the world is full of prejudiced practices.  Many of those injustices, such as the right to healthcare, the right to a living wage, and racism within the criminal justice system, can be found right here in the United States.  

It is our job as citizens, not just of the United States, but of the human race, to make ourselves aware of these issues and to work to eradicate them from the face of the earth. 

One way to do that is to study these issues and compare them to successful movements in history, such as the American Civil Rights Movement.  We must look at what the world and our own community is doing to solve these problems and bring justice to everyone, just as did the Martin Luther King and thousands of other men and women in the Civil Rights Movement.

“We've got to take back the ideal of justice, we've got to take back this principle of human dignity. We've got to take it back from vengeance, from hatred, we've got to say: look, we're all in this together. We are human beings.”—David Kaczinski

“You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.”—Pearl Buck

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful commited citizens can change the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever does."—Margaret Meade


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