Catholic social tradition (CST) strives to foster a living faith that leads to loving action in the world today by raising up a social vision that is transformative, thereby making visible the reign of God.
Catholic social tradition is the church’s presentation and articulation of its reflection upon human beings in society. It sets about naming the realities (at a given point in time), highlighting the dangers to full human flourishing and critiquing them from the point of view of the Catholic faith. It embodies core themes and responses to challenges facing human beings in a complex and changing world.
This body of teaching is not a fixed group of writings or doctrine but grows, develops, and changes over time in order to respond to the complexities of any given age and in order to speak with relevance to the world as it exists.