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Catholic Social Teaching

Our guiding principles

The Ten Major Principles of Catholic Social Teaching guide our work and mission at CatholicCare Victoria.

Human Dignity

Every human being has inherent dignity and worth, and is worthy of respect.

Respect for Human Life

Human life at every stage of development, from conception to death, is precious and thus worthy of protection and respect.


Human beings are social; therefore they grow and achieve fulfilment by association with others in families and other social institutions. Connection with others is an important component of one’s wellbeing.


People have a right to participate in society, seeking together the common good of all.

Preferential Protection for the Poor and Vulnerable

The Gospels call us to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable first, so that their needs as well as the common good may be realised.


We are one human family, and so our practice of love of neighbour must extend to both our local and wider communities.


We show our respect for the Creator by our responsible use and protection of all creation, from the use of personal talents and resources to caring for the environment.


While government and other leadership structures have a dedicated role in promoting the common good, individuals, families and local communities should have the opportunity to contribute to decisions that affect them.

Human Equality

The equality of all people is a matter of their essential human dignity; social and cultural discrimination is not compatible with our understanding that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, and is worth of respect.

Common Good

The common good requires that social conditions allow all people to reach their full human potential and realise their human dignity.

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