BY Pontifical Council For Justice And Peace


Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

This is the official synthesis (summary) of Catholic Social Teaching by the Catholic Church ( Pontifical Council For Justice And Peace). It explores the four Catholic Social Teaching principles Diginity of the Human Person, Common Good, Solidarity and Subsidiarity, four values of truth, justice, freedom and love and applys them to family, work, economics, politics, international politics, environment, peace and the Church. It provides a quick way to look up a social topic and find a neat summary with the best quotes and references which opens the doors to deeper study.


This summary aims to connect either with a quote or paraphrase every paragraph from the compendium. It has also reorganised similar paragraphs in the compendium into topics. Some introductory material has been added to provide an entry point of understanding. Click on the links below to access each of the topics.

This book's summary has chapters. Normally these will match the chapters of the book:


Pontifical Council For Justice And Peace. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, London:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2006