Catholic Social Teaching


Catholic Social Teaching can ruin your life.
Adam A. J. DeVille 

The answer to a crisis pregnancy is to eliminate the crisis, not the child.
Jeanie W. French

These days it is fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk to them.
Blessed Mother Teresa

We who have a voice must speak for the voiceless.
Archbishop Óscar Romero

If a picture is worth a thousand words then what would an ultrasound be worth? The answer: A human life.

The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.
Dorothy Day

It is easier to love when one is poor.

Give a man a fish and he’ll have food for a day. Teach him how to fish and he’ll have food for a lifetime.

The bread which you do not eat is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; and the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.
Saint Basil the Great

I have 3 things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a s***. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said s*** than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.
Tony Campolo

If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.
Blessed Mother Teresa

Every person is Jesus in disguise.
Blessed Mother Teresa

We must not be so concerned with the unborn that we fail to pay attention to the born.
Tony Campolo

Live simply, so that others may simply live.

The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the freer you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not a mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.
Blessed Mother Teresa

If a thief steals your socks, you should run after him and give him your shoes.

To say there are too many children in the world is like saying there are too many beautiful flowers.
Blessed Mother Teresa

Would you deny for others what you demand for yourself?
U2, from the song “Crumbs From Your Table”

If photos of abortion are too upsetting to look at, then abortion itself should be too upsetting to tolerate.

Give something, however small, to one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could.
Saint Gregory of Nazianzus

What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
Blessed Mother Teresa

New survey: 100% of pro-choice Americans have already been born.

When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.
Blessed Mother Teresa

Sometimes I want to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I’m afraid He might just ask me the same question.

There will be over 3,500 killed in the USA today from abortion. No flags lowered. No presidents crying. No media hyperventilating. Normal day.
Matt Drudge

Someone else is happy with less than what you have.

The purpose of all war is peace.
Saint Augustine

God gives us health so that we may serve the sick.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
G.K. Chesterton

Sometimes the poor are richer than the rich.
Jane Rock

In one sense, there are really just two types of people when it comes to the topic of abortion: those who think it is okay to kill unborn babies, and those who think it is wrong. If you don’t think you’re in one of these categories, you still are; you’re just confused.
Jonathan Parnell

We have a nation of go-getters. I want a nation of go-givers.
Peter Maurin

Tell me, when you give alms do you look into the eyes of the man or woman to whom you give alms? And when you give alms, do you touch the hand of the one to whom you give alms, or do you toss a coin?
Pope Francis

What’s the number one thing to remember about your money? Answer: God knows everything.

The whole world is one neighborhood.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Everything a baptized person does each day should be directly or indirectly related to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Dorothy Day

The moral theory of the ”just war” or ”limited war” doctrine begins with the presumption which binds all Christians: We should do no harm to our neighbors; how we treat our enemy is the key test of whether we love our neighbor; and the possibility of taking even one human life is a prospect we should consider in fear and trembling.
The Challenge of Peace (pastoral letter by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops)

Roe v. Wade was a declaration of war on defenseless baby boys and girls whose only “crime” is that they exist.
Wanda Franz

Why do we kill people who kill people to show them that killing people is wrong?

WWJB (Who Would Jesus Bomb?)
Bumper sticker

Abortion is the death penalty for apparently the worst crime ever: Existing.
Jackson Liebl

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
Blessed Mother Teresa

Call it what you like, but the death penalty is nothing more than organized murder.

I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.
Blessed Mother Teresa

In the Catholic view of things, abortion is a justice issue, not an issue of sexual morality… it is a civil rights issue, arguably the greatest civil rights issue of our time.
George Weigel

Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor.
Blessed Mother Teresa

Cars are necessary, but take a more humble one. Think of how many children die of hunger and dedicate the savings to them.
Pope Francis

What we give to the poor for Christ’s sake is what we carry with us when we die.
Peter Maurin

A baby is a gift, not a choice.

God’s love comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
Dorothy Day

Some will not look on suffering because it creates responsibility.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

I survived.
From the front of a pro-life t-shirt

To those of you who would classify yourselves as conservatives I would say, meditate long and hard on Jesus’ saying “Whatever you do to the least of these you have done to me”.
Peter Kreeft

If you can feed yourself, you can feed the poor.
Caroline O’Connell

If abortion isn’t wrong, then nothing is wrong.
Blessed Mother Teresa

If a single living cell were found on a distant planet, scientists would enthusiastically exclaim that we had found life elsewhere in the universe. Why, then, is a single living cell living in the womb of a mother not considered life?

A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.
Saint John Paul the Great

An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind.
Mahatma Gandhi

Americans are the nicest, most generous, and sentimental people on earth. Yet Americans have killed more unborn children than any nation in history.
Walker Percy

Various Abortion-Related Bumper Stickers:

  1. Thank God your mom was pro-life
  2. PRO-LIFE: The radical idea that babies are people
  3. Isn’t it rather hypocritical to favor abortion when you’ve already been born?
  4. Abortion: The Ultimate Child Abuse
  5. I’m against abortion because I’m a former “fetus”
  6. If it’s not a baby, then you’re not pregnant!
  7. Abortion? The Supreme Court also legalized slavery
  8. Pro-Woman. Pro-Child. Pro-Life.
  9. 3,000 soldiers have died in Iraq since 2003. 4,000 babies have died in America since yesterday.
  10. Blacks didn’t choose slavery. Jews didn’t choose genocide. Babies don’t choose abortion.
  11. It’s pretty easy being pro-choice when you’re not the one actually being chosen.
  12. Life: It’s a gift, not a choice.
  13. Abortion: the greatest civil rights issue of our time.
  14. Your silence is required for the killing to continue.
  15. Smile! Your mom chose life.
  16. Careful: Former fetus driving.
  17. What if Mary and Joseph were pro-choice?
  18. It’s pretty easy to be pro-choice when you’re not the one actually being chosen

How to tell a Republican from a Democrat…
Democrat: Someone who thinks abortion is a good and necessary thing.
Republican: Someone who doesn’t care about abortion but has been told that saying you’re against it gets you votes.

When Mother Teresa was asked, “How are you going to rescue a billion children who are dying of hunger?” she responded, “One at a time”.

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The doctor said the cause of death was starvation. God said the cause of death was neglect.
Brendan Quinlan

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
United States Declaration of Independence

The right to life is the right upon which all other rights are based.

There’s no right to happiness and liberty without a right to life.
Archbishop Charles Chaput

If everyone would take only according to his needs and would leave the surplus to the needy, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, and no one in misery.
Saint Basil the Great

Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted, and then give that child to a married couple who will love the child and in turn be loved by the child.
Blessed Mother Teresa

Nonviolence is the summit of bravery.
Mahatma Gandhi

First they came for the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller

If there are poor on the moon, we will go there too.
Blessed Mother Teresa

In a family, parents, grandparents and children feel at home; no one is excluded. If someone has a problem, even a serious one, even if he brought it upon himself, the rest of the family comes to his assistance; they support him. … Should the same not happen in society?
Pope Francis

As terrible as the bombing of Pearl Harbor was in December of 1941, America, in peacetime, kills more children in their mother’s wombs every day.
Robert Royal

Abortion won’t become illegal until it becomes unthinkable. And it won’t become unthinkable until people rediscover the reality that God loves us, found us worth dying for, invites us to glory, and that, as a result, we can know that life is good… very good.
Chris Stefanick

The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society.
Pope Francis

We cannot sleep peacefully while babies are dying of hunger and the elderly are without medical assistance.
Pope Francis

Indifference towards those in need is not acceptable for a Christian.
Pope Francis

MLK Jr. didn’t march on DC as a secular idealist, but a preacher. Separation of Church and State doesn’t mean you check your faith at the door.
Chris Stefanick

The most radical and elevating affirmation of the value of every human being was made by the Son of God in His becoming man in the womb of a woman.
Saint John Paul the Great

1 in 6 people do not have access to clean water. 5 in 6 people can help.
From the band Switchfoot

One unplanned pregnancy saved us all.

I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.
Viktor Frankl

Once the demands of necessity and propriety have been met, the rest that one owns belongs to the poor.
Pope Leo XIII

You call me anti-abortion like that’s a bad thing.
Twitter: @ClassyCatholic

Let’s talk about abortion as Bonhoeffer did – with clarity regarding its evil and compassion regarding its motivations.
Matthew Schmitz

Never measure your ‪generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Why do we tell pregnant women not to hurt their baby by drinking alcohol while completely ignoring the topic of abortion?

Abortion is not health care because killing isn’t healing.

Look at the face of the other… Discover that he has a soul, a history and a life, that he is a person and that God loves this person.

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
José Narosky

The poor want justice. The rich want mercy.

The Church needs more people willing to wash feet, not just point out they’re dirty or complain that they smell.
Mark Hart

A homeless man standing at the off-ramp: the question in these moments isn’t whether Jesus is in Him, but in me.
Mark Hart

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

A person’s a person no matter how small.
Dr. Seuss

Dang we’re good at raising awareness for issues on social media. Dang we’re bad about actually doing something productive about it.
Twitter: @JP2_TOB

Catholics are not single-issue voters – But not all issues are equal.
Jason Adkins

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Sirius Black, from the Harry Potter series

I don’t know from one election to the next who is going to be in the oval office, but I always know who is on the throne.
Ernie Johnson

Many can give money to those in need, but to personally serve the needy readily, out of love, and in a fraternal spirit, requires a truly great soul.
Saint John Chrysostom

People are important. That includes your friends, your parents, your annoying siblings, etc.
Father Mike Schmitz

Some people are so poor; all they have is money.

Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true. Let us pause to think of the great value of that embryo from the moment of conception.
Pope Francis

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