The language of Catholic social teaching emerges regularly in American public discourse, often connected to discussions about religious freedom, abortion, immigrant rights, racism, and capital punishment. In this thoroughly revised volume, Kevin E. McKenna provides a clear, primer-level reference tool to help readers navigate this vast body of Catholic teaching.
In the newly updated ministry tool and pastoral resource, Catholic social teaching is enlivened with material of the past decade from papal documents and the US Catholic Bishops. A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching includes a thematic homily guide, historical charts, papal biographies, a sample penance service, links to online support materials, an expanded glossary, and new questions for self-study or group conversation.
Building on the core themes of human dignity, community, rights and responsibilities,option for the poor, dignity of work, solidarity, and care of creation, priest and teacher Kevin E. McKenna expertly distills Catholic social teaching into easily digestible summaries. He provides clear teaching and insight on such issues as religious freedom, rights to privacy and self-determination, and the value of the common good. This book is perfect for ministry formation and as an ancillary resource for RCIA.
Kevin E McKenna is pastor of the Cathedral Community in Rochester, New York. He is past president of the Canon Law Society of America and former chancellor and canonical consultant for the Diocese of Rochester. McKenna has authored numerous articles and books and serves as general editor for the Concise Guide Series.