Catholic Social Teaching: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis provides most of the official social teaching documents of the Catholic Church and also a variety of resources to help you explore this rich body of moral teaching.
Catholic Coalition on Climate Change: What are the moral implications of climate change? Who is most impacted? What should the Catholic community do? The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change helps the Catholic community address these issues.
Gaudium et Spes: "Therefore, there must be made available to all men everything necessary for leading a life truly human, such as food, clothing, and shelter; the right to choose a state of life freely and to found a family, the right to education, to employment, to a good reputation, to respect, to appropriate information, to activity in accord with the upright norm of one's own conscience, to protection of privacy and rightful freedom even in matters religious." (#26)
Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: "In keeping with this conviction, the Church teaches that persons with a homosexual inclination "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity." We recognize that these persons have been, and often continue to be, objects of scorn, hatred, and even violence in some sectors of our society. Sometimes this hatred is manifested clearly; other times, it is masked and gives rise to more disguised forms of hatred. "It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church's pastors wherever it occurs." (General Principles)
Always Our Children: "The purpose of this pastoral message is to reach out to parents trying to cope with the discovery of homosexuality in their adolescent or adult child. It urges families to draw upon the reservoirs of faith, hope, and love as they face uncharted futures. It asks them to recognize that the Church offers enormous spiritual resources to strengthen and support them at this moment in their family's life and in the days to come." (Preface)
U.S. Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Marriage: The letter presents the essential points of Catholic teaching on marriage as a natural gift, as a sacrament, and as a public commitment between a man and a woman. It also discusses several contemporary challenges to marriage and how the Church addresses those challenges.
Forty Days for Life: a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program: Prayer and fasting, Constant vigil, and Community outreach.
Gianna Center: committed to providing high quality, scientifically-based healthcare to all women, regardless of their faith tradition or personal beliefs.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center: conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, deriving its message from the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Pro-Life Blessings: the Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb was crafted to support parents awaiting the birth of their child, to encourage parish prayers for -- and recognition of -- the precious gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society.
Respect Life Program: the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes a program packet each year to call attention to numerous human life issues. These materials are especially helpful for priests, parish groups and other organizations.
Catholic End of Life: help you to navigate the end-of-life questions and challenges that you and/or your loved ones face, and bring peace to a stressful situation.
CatholicVote.com: A website that hopes to provide Catholics and all people of good will with the tools to both educate and inspire them as faithful citizens.
Faithful Citizenship: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship -- A Call to Political Responsibility from the Bishops of the United States.
New York State Catholic Conference: the New York State Catholic Conference represents the Bishops of New York State in matters of Public Policy, seeking justice, fairness and charity for all, with a particular emphasis on the poor and vulnerable.
Education for Justice: created to help teachers, social action directors, parish members, campus ministers, and others in leadership roles to meet the challenge of sharing Catholic Social Teaching and bring greater awareness to social justice issues.
Endless Exodus: a film about migrants from Mexico and Central America who cross the border and enter California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas without any documentation. But the film’s focus is not political or social; rather it looks at the problem through the lens of spirituality. More about the film. Classroom resources. View a preview.