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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Andrew Musgrave – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 263-6691 – Andrew
Phone:  (513) 263-6690 – Tammie
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Dayton Office
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH  45409
Phone: (937) 281-4124

Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH  45365
Phone: 937-538-4406



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Major Papal, Conciliar and Episcopal Statements

The following are some of the major documents from our popes, councils and bishops contributing to the rich social doctrine of the Church:

Open Wide Our Hearts, The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter on Racism, U.S. Bishops, 2018

Laudato Si’ (Praise Be): On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis, 2015


Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself: U.S. Catholic Bishops Speak Against Racism, U.S. Bishops, 2014

Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), Pope Benedict XVI, 2009

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility, U.S. bishops, 2007

The Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death, U.S. bishops, 2005

Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), Pope Benedict XVI, 2005

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2005

Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, A Pastoral Letter Concerning Migration, U.S. and Mexican bishops, 2003

“For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food”: Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers and Farmworkers, U.S. bishops, 2003

A Place at the Table: A Catholic Recommitment to Overcome Poverty and to Respect the Dignity of All God’s Children, U.S. bishops, 2002

Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good, U.S. bishops, 2001

Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice, U.S. bishops, 2000

Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice, U.S. bishops, 1999

Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, U.S. bishops, 1999

Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics, U.S. bishops, 1998

Called to Global Solidarity: International Challenges for U.S. Parishes, U.S. bishops, 1997

Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish, U.S. bishops, 1996

Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), Pope John Paul II, 1995

Confronting a Culture of Violence: A Catholic Framework for Action, U.S. bishops, 1994

The Harvest of Justice is Sown in Peace: On the Tenth Anniversary of the Challenge of Peace, U.S. bishops, 1993

When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women, U.S. bishops, 1992 (2002 update)

Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and Action on the Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching, U.S. bishops, 1991

Centesimus Annus (The Hundredth Year since Rerum Novarum), Pope John Paul II, 1991

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern), Pope John Paul II, 1987

Economic Justice for All: Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy, U.S. bishops, 1986

What We Have Seen and Heard,  A Pastoral Letter on Evangelization from the Black Bishops of the United States, 1984

The Challenge of Peace: A Pastoral Letter on War and Peace, U.S. bishops, 1983

Laborem Exercens (On Human Work), Pope John Paul II, 1981

Brothers and Sisters to Us: Pastoral Letter on Racism, U.S. bishops, 1979

Octogesima Adveniens (A Call to Action), Pope Paul VI, 1971

Justicia in Mundo (Justice in the World), World Synod of Bishops, 1971

Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples), Pope Paul VI, 1967

Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World), Second Vatican Council, 1965

Pacem in Terris (Peace in the World), Pope John XXIII, 1963

Mater et Magistra (Christianity and Social Progress), Pope John XXIII, 1961

Quadrigesimo Anno (After Forty Years since Rerum Novarum), Pope Pius XI, 1931

Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor), Pope Leo XIII, 1891