Catholic Social Teaching

God has a plan for creation

Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a
plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice.
It holds that God has a special plan for every single one of us, whoever we are. Our
part in this plan isn’t just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or times when we do “religious
things.” It involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how
we live as a responsible global citizen.
Our part in this story is a vocation for the common good, a call to treat everyone as
our brothers and sisters.  It is something that we all share.
The Catholic Church has set out the principles of social teaching that we share with
our children through all that we do, through the curriculum, special events and
activities and through our ordinary actions in school.
What is Catholic Social Teaching?
There are nine principles of Catholic Social Teaching:

As part of our commitment to the church's teaching on social justice and Catholic Social
Teaching, we have enrolled for the Oscar Romero Award.  We shall be demonstrating how
we life our mission as a Catholic community, promoting social justice and awareness.

Who was Oscar Romero?

Archbishop Oscar Romero is a 20th century martyr of the Church. He was the
archbishop of San Salvador in Central
America. On 24 March 1980, in the chapel
of the cancer hospital where he lived, he
was shot dead at the altar by a death squad marksman as he was about to offer the bread and wine in the middle of Mass. He was canonised (recognised as a saint) on 14 October 2018 by Pope Francis in Rome, having been beatified on 23 May 2015.

CAFOD: Catholic Social Teaching (CST) Workshops

Maggie Melville from CAFOD led Catholic Social Teaching (CST) workshops across the school which focused on the themes of Participation, Stewardship and Solidarity.  Children discussed how we are all responsible for looking after our world and learnt about Dristy’s story - a little girl’s family in Bangladesh and how CAFOD has supported them.