Four Permanent Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

‘Human beings are created in the image of God & therefore, are endowed with Dignity. This carries with it certain rights & responsibilities’;

Solidarity highlights that human beings live in an interdependent relationship.  The human community is connected across cultures, classes, creeds & countries’;

‘Individuals live in common with others & the rights of the individuals must be balanced with the wider common good’. This includes acting with & on behalf of the poor, marginalised, vulnerable & powerless, and ‘to actively safeguard the integrity of all creation’;

The principle of ‘subsidiarity affirms the right of individuals & social groups to make their own decisions & accomplish what they can by their own initiative & industry’ – to ensure their ‘participation in decision-making processes affecting their lives’.

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