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Dignitas Resources: Catholic Social Teaching

Learn about the Dignitas Program at The College of St. Scholastica.

Jessica Ellingson, MA

Jessica Ellingson

Jessica is the Director of Campus Ministry at the College of St. Scholastica where she engages college students in service-learning, leadership development, ecumenical ministry, and service and social justice activities.

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching challenges our community to live in justice and peace.  Catholic Social Teaching examines the radical idea that God calls us to live simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with ALL people-especially the poor.

A Snapshot View of Catholic Social Teaching

  • Faith-based approach to social justice
  • Response to social issues based on Gospel values and the lived experience of Christians
  • Teaching on social, political and economic issues
  • Analysis of the lived experience of Christian reflection from different historical, political and social contexts
  • It provides principles for reflection
    • A criteria for judgment
    • Guidelines for action

Introducing Catholic Social Teaching

Major Principles of Catholic Social Teaching