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Catholic Social Doctrine 

Core Principles

  • Human Dignity is the prime principle of Catholic social teaching. It recognizes that man is made in God’s image and likeness. It is this that makes every human life sacred.

  • Solidarity flows from human dignity in that it “consists in the very fact that in God and with God I love even persons I do not like or even know.” (Pope Benedict XVI, 18)

  • Subsidiarity flows from human dignity in that it recognizes “in the person a subject who is always capable of giving something to others.” (Pope Benedict XVI, 16)

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