Modern Catholic social teaching is the body of social principles and moral teaching that is articulated in the papal, conciliar, and other official documents issued since the late nineteenth century dealing with the economic,political, and social order. This teaching is rooted in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as in traditional philosophical and theological teachings of the Church.
CLINIC's "Modern Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration: Notable Quotes" is a compilation of excerpts from the encyclical and conciliar documents that are typically considered core texts, as well as some key teaching documents issued by national bishops conferences and Vatican congregations, which contribute to the ongoing development of Catholic social teaching.
The excerpts in the document are instances that touch on immigration issues. The depth and richness of Catholic social teaching is best understood through a direct reading of these documents.
This document will be updated periodically. Last updated June 18, 2015
Passages quoted in Modern Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration are from the following sources:
Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor) – Pope Leo XIII, 1891
Exsul Familia Nazarethana (Apostolic Constitution on the Spiritual Care to Migrants) – Pope Pius XII, 1952
Mater et Magistra, (Mother and Teacher) – Saint Pope John XXIII, 1961
Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) –Saint Pope John XXIII, 1963
Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) Vatican Council II, 1965
Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples) – Pope Paul VI, 1967
Octogesima Adveniens (A Call to Action) – Pope Paul VI, 1971
Justicia in Mundo (Justice in the World) – Synod of Bishops, 1971
Laborem Exercens (On Human Work) – Pope John Paul II, 1981
Solicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern) – Saint Pope John Paul II, 1987
Centesimus Annus (The Hundredth Year) – Saint Pope John Paul II, 1991
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) – Saint Pope John Paul II, 1995
Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) – Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
Sacramentum Caritatis (Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist) – Pope Benedict XVI, 2007
Caritas in Veritate (In Charity and Truth) – Pope Benedict XVI, 2009
Evangelii Gaudium (Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel) – Pope Francis, 2013
Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home) – Pope Francis, 2015
Other Papal And Vatican Statements Of Note
Instruction on the Pastoral Care of People Who Migrate – Sacred Congregation for Bishops, 1969
The Church and Peoples on the Move – Pontifical Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, 1978
Refugees are Neighbors – Saint Pope John Paul II, Message for Lent, 1990
Speech of Saint Pope John Paul II to the General Assembly of the International Catholic Migration Commission,1990
Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity – Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, 1992
Faith Works Through Charity – Saint Pope John Paul II Message for the 1997 World Day of Migrants.
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