Catholic Social Thought

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Solidarity: Solidarity with the Human Family

Our culture is tempted to turn inward, becoming indifferent and sometimes isolationist in the face of international responsibilities. Catholic social teaching proclaims that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, wherever they live. We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Violent conflict and the denial of dignity and rights to people anywhere on the globe diminishes each of us. Learning to practice the virtue of solidarity means learning that “loving our neighbor” has global dimensions in an interdependent world.


Catholic social teaching emphasizes the Christian’s obligation to transform unjust social structures in order to promote just relationships that enable everyone to flourish. Emily Reimer-Barry