Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

Public 
Policy

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The Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

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1.  LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON

Every human person is created in the image of God and so the dignity and life of each person must be respected. 

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2.  CALL TO FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND PARTICIPATION

The human person is not only sacred, but social. Marriage and Family are the building blocks of society. All work for the common good. 

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  3.  SOLIDARITY 

We are our brothers' and sisters' keeper and must stand together in the pursuit of justice and peace.  

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 4.  DIGNITY OF WORK

Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a participation in God's creation. Rights of workers must be respected. 

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5. RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

The right to life is the right that makes all other rights possible. We have a right to a decent life but also the responsibility to make a decent life possible for others. 

6. OPTION FOR THE POOR AND VULNERABLE 

God has a special concern for the poor and vulnerable, and we too are called to have a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable. The measure of our society is how we care for the least among us. 

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  7. CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION 

We are stewards of God's creation and must care for creation and be guided by a concern for generations to come. 

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