CST Internet Resources

Educational Resources

The Office for Social Justice
The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has compiled a database of the documents most frequently associated with Catholic Social Teaching. 

The Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought
The mission of the Lane Center (of the University of San Francisco) is to apply the Catholic intellectual tradition to social concerns and contemporary issues. Their site offers links to CST resources, as well as downloadable text from selected academic lectures related to CST. 

The John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought 
This site from the University of St. Thomas offers useful links to additional CST resources. 

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities 
The ACCU promotes Catholic higher education by supporting its member institutions, in particular their Catholic mission and character. 

Church Resources

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The official site of the USCCB, this site is a valuable resource for official Church documents and teachings on CST.

Vatican Official Site
The Vatican website provides access to an extensive online resource library of over 60,000 documents.

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
This website offers access to documents and other statements issued by the Church specifically related to the Council's mission of promoting peace and justice in the world. 

Prayer Resources 

Prayer Resources from the USCCB
This page from the USCCB offers resources for prayer and reflection.

CRS Resources
Visit this page by the CRS for prayers that foster global solidarity. Virtual Chapel

World AIDS Day
On December 1st of every year, the world comes together to commemorate World AIDS Day. Get involved by hosting a prayer service in solidarity with all those who suffer from the disease. 

Catholic Research

Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA)
The CRRA is a collaborative effort initiated by eight Catholic colleges and universities to share their resources electronically with all who are interested in the Catholic experience. The portal provides access to rare, unique, and infrequently held materials of interest to Catholic scholarship.

CST in Current Topics

Catholic Media Report 
This site from Catholics in Alliance provides a daily summary of national and local news on issues involving the intersection of faith and public life. 

CST Movements

Catholic Worker Movement
Founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, the Catholic Worker Movement is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person. 

Worker Justice Movement 
Interfaith Worker Justice is one of the principle social action organizations working to improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers.

Corporate Social Responsibility Movement
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility works to promote peace, economic justice and environmental stewardship by encouraging companies to engage in socially and environmentally conscious practices. 

CST Issues

Domestic Poverty 

Catholic Charities USA
Founded in the spirit of Catholic values, teaching, and traditions, Catholic Charities vigorously advocates for the reduction of poverty and works to build a sense of solidarity among those in charitable ministries. 

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. 

Global Poverty

Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community and works to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in over 100 countries.

Caritas Internationalis 
Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations working to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed, in over 200 countries and territories. 

Center of Concern
An international center dedicated to the study of issues relating to development, justice, and peace from a Christian perspective, the Center of Concern in Washington, D.C. works to promote economic and social justice in a global context.

USCCB on Global Poverty
This collaborative webpage by the USCCB and CRS advocates for U.S. policies that foster economic and social development for people living in poverty throughout the world. 


Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope
A Pastoral Letter concerning migration from the Bishops of Mexico and the United States, Strangers No Longer is the first letter jointly written by the two bishops’ conferences.  


Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice working to end hunger at home and abroad by advocating for changes in the policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist.       

Pax Christi USA
Pax Christi USA is an organization committed to peace education that strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. 

NETWORK, a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace, educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation. 

Economic Justice for All 

Economic Justice for All
A Decade After Economic Justice for All
National Catholic Rural Life Conference
“Humanizing the Global Economy” by Jeffrey Sachs

Faithful Citizenship 

Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility
Built around the United States bishops’ November 2007 reflection Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, this site offers a variety of resources related to Catholic teaching and political life. Included are resources for prayer, reflection, social action and education. 


Transform Work
Transform Work (Brook House, Ouse Walk, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England PE29 3QW) is a clearinghouse of information and materials relating to the faith and work movement in England and elsewhere. 

Dialogue on the Spirituality of Work
Greg Pierce, former president of the National Center for the Laity, hosts a cyberspace "Dialogue on the Spirituality of Work." Send your e-mail address to his secure site.

Catholic Labor Network  -  National Center for the Laity
Fr. Sinclair Ourbre (Catholic Labor Network) hosts the National Center for the Laity website.

Human Rights for Workers 
Bob Senser, longtime friend of the National Center for the Laity, edits a unique and very informative cyber-newsletter and blog.

Laborem ExercensOn Human Work
Encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Issued Sept. 14, 1981

Rerum Novarum – On the Condition of the Working Classes
Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, Issued May 15, 1981

Notable quotations from Catholic social teaching on the theme of Work and Workers’ Rights

Dignity of Workers and Rights of Workers Handout

Theology Library on Labor (*note: some of the links listed don’t work!)

Interfaith Worker Justice

Department of Labor

Interstate Labor Standards Association