It is important to understand how Catholic social teaching approaches the uses of, and distinctions between, principles and policy applications in Catholic social thought.
Private property is a human institution upon which theologians and church leaders have commented since the very beginning of Christianity.
The right to asylum is a fundamental human right in Catholic social doctrine, rooted in human dignity and “an instrument to preserve the right to life.”
The Catholic Church has repeatedly identified racism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazism as serious sins and has consistently contended that eradicating them in ourselves and in society and its structures requires conversion on the part of all of us.
The Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes recognized two moral traditions in considering war—the so-called “just war” (or “justifiable war”) approach, on one hand, and pacifism, or the rejection of all forms of violence, on the other hand.