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A Timely Resource for Understanding, Teaching, and Implementing Catholic Social Teaching. As parishes and schools intensify efforts to promote Catholic social teaching, here is a welcome distillations of scoial principles presented in both papal encylicals and pastoral letters developed by American bishops. Following the structure of the U.S. bishops document Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, the book speaks to seven significant themes:
  1. Life and the Dignity of the Human Person
  2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  6. Solidarity
  7. Care for God's Creation
Each chapter includes reflection questions ideal for individual or group usage, and an appendix offers biographical information about popes who have issued social encyclicals, suggested homily themes and a Reconciliation Service for Justice and Peace. Sure to become an invaluable resource for all pastoral ministers, A CONCISE GUIDE TO CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING is also suitable for parish adult study groups, and high school and college classes on Catholic social teaching.


"Kevin McKenna's Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching is a real gem which offers both the Church professional and the person in the pew an insightful and understandable presentation of this rich treasure of the Church's heritage and practical suggestions for its implementation." - Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany

"A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching is an invaluable resource for parish and community groups. It provides solid grounding in the Church's social teachings as the basis for initiatives undertaken in promoting the gospel of justice. It is 'user-friendly" and practical'. -- Anne Curtis, RSM NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

"Fr. McKenna provides a useful introduction to the social writings of the popes and U.S. bishops by grouping these writings around Catholic social teaching's seven major themes. The pastoral tools included are readily adapted for various settings." - Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Ph.D., Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York

"Father McKenna has provided a thematic compendium of some of the marvelous insights present in Catholic social teaching. His summary of various Church documents will be helpful to supplement any discussion of the historical and political implications of 'perplexing social issues' and to develop an appreciation for the Church's willingness to struggle with these issues over time." -- Helen Marie Burns, RSM Vice President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

About the Author

Rev. Kevin E. McKenna is the president of the Canon Law Society of America and pastor at St. Cecilia Parish in Rochester, New York. Ordained in 1977, Fr. McKenna received his doctorate degree in canon law from St. Paul University in Ottawa in 1990. He is the author of numerous articles and two previous books, The Ministry of Law in the Church Today (University of Notre Dame Press) and A Concise Guide to Canon Law (Ave Maria Press).

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