In teaching us charity, the Gospel instructs us in the preferential respect due to the poor and the special situation they have in society: the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others. Pope Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens (1971), n.23.
Without putting themselves in the place of the institutions of civil society, [Christian organisations] have to express, in their own way and rising above their particular nature, the concrete demands of the Christian faith for a just, and consequently necessary, transformation of society. Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens (1971), n.51.
This page is for parishioners and pastors looking to develop responses to what is happening in their local area. We have selected short and insightful introductions to faith-based social action in England and Wales, published by CSAN and other organisations. These resources are in the public domain – copyright and the views expressed belong to the authors. If you are not sure where to start, we recommend exploring the resources in ‘1st steps‘.
We welcome suggestions of other similar resources. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
CSAN has published reports on professional social services linked to the Catholic Church and community organising – see our Publications page.