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In a Time of Division, 'Catholic Social Teaching Collection' Spotlights the 'Both/And' of the Church's Social Doctrine

New book offers a summary of Catholic social teaching stretching over two thousand years
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
March 23, 2021

IRVING, Texas, March 23, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- How can the Catholic Church simultaneously advocate against abortion and assisted suicide but for immigration reform and attention to the poor? How can it stand against the abuse of the environment and for free market principles, against the death penalty and for the family?

The "Catholic Social Teaching Collection," a unique new addition to the Word on Fire Classics series produced by Bishop Robert Barron's apostolate, aims to bring the both/and of the Church's social teaching into sharp relief. The collection covers fourteen of the Church's most important magisterial social documents, including the full texts of Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum and Pope St. John Paul II's Centesimus Annus, and excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate and Pope Francis' Laudato Si'. Unlike other anthologies, however, which only include encyclicals, this volume also features excerpts from the Old and New Testaments, the Didache, Church Fathers such as St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great, and various saints and scholars, including St. Thomas Aquinas, Bartolomé de las Casas, Servant of God Dorothy Day, St. Teresa of Kolkata, and St. Óscar Romero. Yet its purpose is not just to reveal the ethical and historical breadth of Catholic social teaching; it is to reveal the metaphysical heart around which the Church's positions fall into harmony—namely, God.

"Catholic social teaching is, necessarily, very deep and broad," Bishop Barron writes in the foreword. "This collection is not intended as an exhaustive academic treatment of that tradition but as a prolegomenon for further study—and action. God is a God of justice, and my hope is that this collection will inspire people—especially young people who may have wandered away from the faith—and draw them into the Church's fight for justice."

Word on Fire Catholic Ministries (wordonfire.org) exists to draw people into the Body of Christ, which is the Church, and thereby give them access to all the gifts that Jesus wants his people to enjoy. To be most effective in this mission, Word on Fire places an emphasis and urgency on the use of contemporary forms of media and innovative communication technologies.

"Catholic Social Teaching Collection"
Foreword by Bishop Robert Barron
March 22, 2021
Hardcover | 480 pages
Word on Fire Classics
SOURCE Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

CONTACT: Will Sipling, Communications Director, 866-928-1237, communications@wordonfire.org

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