Catholic Social Thought

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Selected Readings

Many authors have written about Catholic social thought. The following bibliography represents a starting place for those wishing to explore the concepts further.

Web Resources

Other

Villanova University, Office for Mission Effectiveness. (Includes links to Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Occasional Papers.)

Texts

Boswell, Jonathan, Frank McHugh, and Johan Verstraeten, ed. Catholic Social Thought: Twilight or Renaissance? Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press, 2000.

Coleman, John A., ed. One Hundred Years of Catholic Social Thought. Celebration and Challenge, 2nd ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991.

Curran, Charles E. Catholic Social Teaching 1891-Present. A Historical, Theological, and Ethical Analysis. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2002.

Curran, Charles E. and Richard A. McCormick, S.J., ed. Official Catholic Social Teaching. Readings in Moral Theology No.5. New York: Paulist Press, 1986.

Dorr, Donal. Option for the Poor. A Hundred Years of Catholic Social Teaching. Revised edition. Maryknoll , NY: Orbis Books, 1992.

Dwyer, Judith A, ed. The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought . Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1994.

DeBerry, Edward P. and James E. Hug, et al., ed. Catholic Social Teaching. Our Best Kept Secret. 4th revised and expanded ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.

Himes, Kenneth R., ed. Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries And Interpretations. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2005.

Kammer, Fred. Doing FaithJustice. An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1991.

McHugh, Francis P. and Samuel M. Natale, ed. Things Old and New. Catholic Social Teaching Revisited. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America , 1993.

Massaro, Thomas. Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action . Lanham, Maryland: Sheed & Ward, 2000.

McKenna, Kevin E. A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching . Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2002.

Merkle, Judith. From the Heart of the Church: The Catholic Social Tradition. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 2004.

O'Brien, David J. and Thomas A. Shannon, ed. Catholic Social Thought. The Documentary Heritage . Maryknoll , NY : Orbis Books, 1992.

Phan, Peter C. Message of the Fathers of the Church. Social Thought. Wilmington, Delaware: Michael Glazier, Inc., 1984.

Pontifical Council For Justice and Peace. The Social Agenda. A Collection of Magisterial Texts . With a foreword by Archbishop Françoise-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân. Città del Vaticano: Editrice Vaticana, 2000.

_____________. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church . Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005.

Roets, Perry J. Pillars of Catholic Social Teachings. A Brief Social Catechism. Lanham, Maryland: International Scholars Publications, 1999.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. A Century of Social Teaching: A Common Heritage, a Continuing Challenge. A Pastoral Message of the Catholic Bishops of the United States on the 100th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum . Washington, D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1990.

Williams, Oliver F. And John W. Houk, ed. Catholic Social Thought and the New World Order. Building on One Hundred Years. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993.

Book Chapters and Journal Essays

Aquino, Maria Pilar , “ Santo Domingo Through the Eyes of Women,” in Santo Domingo and Beyond. Documents and Commentaries From the Historic Meeting of the Latin American Bishops' Conference, ed. Alfred T. Hennelly (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1993), 212-225.

_____________, “The Liberating Vision of Medellín in Feminist Theology,” in Truth and Memory. The Church and Human Rights in El Salvador and Guatemala , ed. Michael A. Hayes and David Tombs (Leominster, England: Gracewing Books, 2001), 213-239.

Coleman, John, S.J., “Development of Church Social Teaching,” in Readings in Moral Theology No.5, Official Catholic Social Teaching, ed. Charles E. Curran and Richard A. McCormick, S.J. (New York: Paulist Press, 1986), 169-187.

_____________, “Neither Liberal nor Socialist: The Originality of Catholic Social Teaching,” in One Hundred Years of Catholic Social Thought. Celebration and Challenge, Second Printing, ed. John A. Coleman, S.J. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991), 25-42.

_____________, “The Future of Catholic Social Thought,” in Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries And Interpretations, ed. Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M. ( Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2005), 522-544.

Copeland, M. Shawn, “Reconsidering the Idea of the Common Good,” in Catholic Social Thought and the New World Order, ed. Oliver F. Williams and John W. Houck (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993), 309-327.

Coston, Carol, O.P., “Women's Ways of Working,” in One Hundred Years of Catholic Social Thought. Celebration and Challenge, Second Printing, ed. John A. Coleman, S.J. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991), 256-269.

Gillardetz, Richard R., “The Ecclesiological Foundations of Modern Catholic Social Teaching,” in Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries And Interpretations, ed. Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M. (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2005), 72-98.

Gudorf, Christine E., “Sexism,” in The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought, ed. Judith A. Dwyer (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1994), 877-881.

Hehir, J. Brian, “The Social Role of the Church: Leo XIII, Vatican II and John Paul II,” in Catholic Social Thought and the New World Order. Building on One Hundred Years, ed. Oliver F. Williams and John W. Houck (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993), 29-50.

Hogan, Barbara, “Feminism and Catholic Social Thought,” in The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought, ed. Judith A. Dwyer (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1994), 394-398.

Hollenbach, David, “Modern Catholic Teachings Concerning Justice,” in The Faith that Does Justice. Examining the Christian Sources for Social Change, ed. John C. Haughey (New York: Paulist Press, 1977), 207-231.

Mahoney, Jack, S.J., “The Basis of Human Rights,” in Moral Theology. Challenges for the Future. Essays in Honor of Richard A. McCormick, S.J., ed. Charles E. Curran (New York/Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1990), 313-333.

Keightley, Georgia Masters, “Catholic Feminism's Contribution to the Church's Social Justice Tradition,” in Things Old and New. Catholic Social Teaching Revisited, ed. Francis P. McHugh and Samuel M. Natale (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1993), 333-363.

McBrien, Richard P., “An Ecclesiological Analysis of Catholic Social Teachings,” in Catholic Social Thought and the New World Order. Building on One Hundred Years, ed. Oliver F. Williams and John W. Houck (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993), 147-177.

McGrath, Marcos, C.S.C., “Catholic Social Thought in Latin America: A Brief Overview from Pope Leo XIII to the Present,” in Catholic Social Thought and the New World Order. Building on One Hundred Years, ed. Oliver F. Williams and John W. Houck (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993), 245-252.

O'Brien, David J., “A Century of Catholic Social Teaching,” in One Hundred Years of Catholic Social Thought. Celebration and Challenge , Second Printing, ed. John A. Coleman, S.J. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991), 13-24.

Rigali, Norbert J., S.J., “Magisterium,” in The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought, ed. Judith A. Dwyer (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1994), 559-561.

Riley, Maria, O.P., “Women,” in The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought, ed. Judith A. Dwyer (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1994), 986-991.

Schuck, Michael J., “Modern Catholic Social Thought,” in The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought, ed. Judith A. Dwyer (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1994), 611-632.

_____________, “Early Modern Roman Catholic Social Thought, 1740-1890,” in Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries And Interpretations, ed. Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M. ( Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2005), 99-124.

Wall, Barbara E, “Rerum Novarum and its Critics on Social and Sexual Hierarchies,” in Things Old and New. Catholic Social Teaching Revisited, ed. Francis P. McHugh and Samuel M. Natale (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1993), 364-388.

Zahn, Gordon C. “Social Movements and Catholic Social Thought,” in One Hundred Years of Catholic Social Thought. Celebration and Challenge, Second Printing, ed. John A. Coleman, S.J. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991), 43-54.