A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching (Third Edition)


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Publication date: February 8, 2019

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Topics related to Catholic social teaching emerge regularly in American political and civic discourse, often connected to discussions about religious freedom, abortion, immigrant rights, racism, capital punishment, and health care. This third edition of A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching by Rev. Kevin E. McKenna incorporates the essential teachings of Pope Francis in Evangelium Gaudium, Laudato Si’, and Amoris Laetitia to offer a clear, beginner-level reference tool and study guide for Church leaders and other interested Catholics to help them navigate this vast body of teaching.

Building on core themes of human dignity, community, rights and responsibilities, option for the poor, dignity of work, solidarity, and care of creation, McKenna distills a vast amount of Catholic teaching into easily digestible summaries, each carefully referenced to its primary source and correlated to pressing issues making today’s headlines. 

The book includes crucial teachings of the popes from Louis XIII through Francis as well as from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Each chapter concludes with questions for reflection and dialogue and appendices provide tools for parishes and study groups.

This practical and thorough guide remains a perennial favorite for study and reference in Catholic parishes, universities, and ministry formation programs.

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594718113

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A true treasure.”

    “A true treasure and necessary companion for those who want to understand how Catholic social teachings relate to our daily and communal lives. McKenna writes clearly and organizes his materials to facilitate easy reference through excellent summaries and guided theological reflections.”

    Carolyn Y. Woo
    Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development
    Purdue University

  • “A great tool.”

     “Any Catholic wanting to understand social doctrine—especially those working in parish, university, diocesan, or agency settings—will find this to be a great tool.”

    Bill Purcell
    Associate Director for Catholic Social Tradition, Center for Social Concern
    University of Notre Dame

  • “A real treasure trove.”

    “Here the most inspiring kernels of the major social encyclicals and pastoral letters are made accessible to everyone.”

    Sr. Dawn M. Nothwehr, O.S.F.
    The Erica and Harry John Family Endowed Chair in Catholic Ethics
    Catholic Theological Union

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