Extended Bibliography


Anthologies of CST documents include:

M. Walsh and B. Davies, Proclaiming Justice and Peace: Papal Documents from Rerum Novarum through Centesimus Annus (Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1991).

D.J. O’Brien and T.A. Shannon, Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1992).

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, The Social Agenda: A Collection of Magisterial Texts (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2000). Now available from Continuum Books.


A valuable introduction to CST is provided by David Albert Jones OP, Living Life to the Full: An Introduction to the Moral and Social Teaching of the Catholic Church (Oxford: Family Publications, 2001).



The most complete and rigorous studies of Catholic Social teaching have been made by the Jesuit scholar, Fr Rodger Charles. These also provide the historical context for understanding the development of social doctrine:

Rodger Charles SJ, Christian Social Witness and Teaching, 2 vols

Rodger Charles SJ, An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching

Rodger Charles SJ, The Social Teaching of Vatican II


For Further Study

Helen J. Alford OP and Michael J. Naughton, Managing as if Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001)

Kester Aspden, Fortress Church: The English Roman Catholic Bishops and Politics 1903-63 (Leominster: Gracewing, 2002)

Wendell Berry, Standing on Earth: Selected Essays, with Foreword by Jonathan Porritt (Ipswich: Glogonooza Press, 1991)

Carlo Caffara, Living in Christ: Fundamental Principles of Catholic Moral Teaching (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987) – esp. Chapter 5 on the Commandments.

Allan C. Carlson, From Cottage to Workstation: The Family’s Search for Social Harmony in the Industrial Age (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1993)

Michael Gaudoin-Parker, Hymn of Freedom: Celebrating and Living the Eucharist (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1997).

John Gray, Beyond the New Right: Markets, Government and the Common Environment (London and New York: Routledge, 1993).

Bruce Duncan, The Church’s Social Teaching: From Rerum Novarum to 1931 (N. Blackburn, Victoria: CollinsDove, 1991).

Louis Dupré, Passage to Modernity: An Essay in the Hermeneutics of Nature and Culture (Yale University Press, 1993).

Race Matthews, Jobs of Our Own: Building a Stake-Holder Society – Alternatives to the Market and the State (West Wickham: Comerford and Miller, 1999)

Josef Pieper, Leisure the Basis of Culture (South Bend, IN: St Augustine’s Press, 1998).

Josef Pieper, The Four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance (University of Notre Dame Press, 1966).

Servais Pinckaers OP, The Sources of Christian Ethics (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1995) - see especially Chapter 6 on the Sermon on the Mount.

Servais Pinckaers OP, Morality: The Catholic View (South Bend, IN: St Augustine’s Press, 2001)

Ronald H. Preston, Religion and the Ambiguities of Capitalism (London: SCM Press, 1991).

J. Ratzinger, H. Schurmann, H.U. von Balthasar, Principles of Christian Morality (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1986).

Patrick Riley, Civilizing Sex: Chastity and the Common Good (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2000).

David L. Schindler, Heart of the World, Center of the Church (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1996.

E.F. Schumacher, Good Work (London: Jonathan Cape, 1979).

Mary Shivanandan, Crossing the Threshold of Love: A New Vision of Marriage in the Light of John Paul II’s Anthropology (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1999).


World Wide Web Resources

For the official Vatican website, containing all the recent documents: www.vatican.va.

The Catholic Encyclopedia, the Summa of St Thomas, and many other useful resources can be found at: www.newadvent.org.

An impressive website produced by the Office for Social Justice of the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis: www.osjspm.org/cst/.

The Busy Christian’s Guide to Catholic Social Teaching: www.uscatholic.org/cstline/tline.html.

A site linked to the Catholic Worker Movement: www.wctc.net/~mjbach/index.html.

The home page of CAFOD, the Catholic charity for international aid: www.cafod.org.uk.