In addition to Economic Justice for All: Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy, you may also be interested in reading the following documents issued by the USCCB:
Labor Day Statement - September 2014
Worsening Economic Inequality - February 2014
Just Wage and the Federal Minimum Wage - February 2014
A Decade After “Economic Justice for All:”Continuing Principles, Changing Context, New Challenges
A Catholic Framework for Economic Life
A Place at the Table
Catholic Social Justice Teachings on Economic Justice
Pope Leo XIII issued Rerum Novarum – On the Condition of Labor in 1891. It is the first of the social justice encyclicals. Its main holdings are: as many working people and their families are destitute, workers’ have the right to organize to seek just wages and working conditions; the concentration of wealth hurts society; governments have an obligation to protect families and provide for the poor.
For a brief review of other pertinent documents:
A Summary of Pertinent Catholic Social Justice Teachings on Economic Justice
Learn about efforts of the Catholic Church to address poverty in the United States and throughout the world:
- Catholic Campaign for Human Development -
PovertyUSA website www.PovertyUSA.org and www.PobrezaUSA.org
This website is an initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the domestic anti-poverty program of the Catholic bishops in the United States.
Policies that Help (www.povertyusa.org/we-can-make-a-difference/policies-that-help/ ) Learn about policy changes that can make a difference in the lives of persons living in poverty, and take action.
- National Catholic Rural Life Conference
Learn how the Catholic Church advocates for policies that address the root causes of poverty both in the United States and throughout the world.
- Catholics Confront Global Poverty
Read what others are saying about income inequality.