Signs of the Times: A Catholic Social Tradition Blog

"The Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel. Thus, in language intelligible to each generation, she can respond to the perennial questions which men ask about this present life and the life to come, and about the relationship of the one to the other. We must therefore recognize and understand the world in which we live, its explanations, its longings, and its often dramatic characteristics," Gaudium et Spes: a Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, 1965. In the following blog, Center faculty, staff, and partners scrutinize "the signs of the times" in the light of the Gospel and Catholic social tradition.

Bill Purcell, Senior Associate Director for Catholic Social Tradition, Center for Social Concerns

The Catholic social tradition remains a true gift from the Church to the world. The Center for Social Concerns is attempting to share the fruits of that gift. During the decade and a half I worked for the institutional Catholic Church on social justice issues, from the Archdiocese of Washington to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archdiocese of Chicago, I often heard that the Catholic social tradition (CST) was a secret within the Church.

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Kyle Lantz, Social Concerns Seminars Assistant Director, April 13, 2018.

“Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation,” (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memphis, TN. April 3, 1968).

Jimena Holguin, International Summer Service Learning Program Latin America Assistant Director, March 6, 2018.

Ben Wilson, Summer Service Learning Program Director, Center for Social Concerns, February 14, 2018.

Margie Pfeil, Department of Theology and the Center for Social Concerns, January 10, 2018.

Kevin Kho, graduate student, Department of Theology, December 12, 2017.