Many may be familiar with the body of principles called Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Synthesized to either 7 or 10 major themes, CST comes directly from Papal Encyclicals and Conference of Catholic Bishops letters.
The phrase Catholic Social Thought captures both the official and the unofficial thinking within the church body as it relates to human relationship with God and one another.
Below are a few starters:
Catholic Social Teaching 7 Basic Themes: Catholic Social Teaching Info Sheet
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office for Social Justice:
- Catholic Social Teaching 10 Basic Themes: Key (10) Principles of CST_1 pager
- Catholic Social Teaching: A Key to Catholic Identity (PPT)
Jesuit Social Research Institute, An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought. Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ offers 1-page briefs on dimensions of Catholic Social Thought as it relates to specific realities.