Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

Public 
Policy

The Seven Themes of Catholics Social Teaching

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. Learn more about this teaching here.

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. Learn more about this teaching here.

3.  SOLIDARITY
We are our brothers' and sisters' keeper and must stand together in the pursuit of justice and peace. Learn more about this teaching here.

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. Learn more about this teaching here. 

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. Learn more about this teaching here. 

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 carefor the least among us. Learn more about this teaching here. 

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. Learn more about this teaching here.