An Introduction to Catholic Social Doctrine

Angelus Press

SKU: 8754  |  ISBN: 9781949124170

Why is Social Doctrine Necessary?

“Because Holy Mother Church knows that it is much more difficult to work out one’s salvation in a godless materialistic world like Communist China and North Korea…or in any liberal Western country where divine and natural law are no longer respected.”

Learn to defend the Catholic principles behind:

  • Politics, religion, and the relationship between Church and State
  • The nature of man as an intelligent, free, spiritual, and moral being
  • The structure of society and its duties towards God
  • The dangers religious liberty poses to society
  • Political economy and false notions surrounding it
  • The nature of authority and its function  
  • The family as an authentic domestic society
  • The role of Church and State in education and schooling  

This easy-to-read book is essential to maintaining a true Catholic understanding of man and society. Sadly, Catholic social principles have been ostracized from contemporary life for more than a century. This excellent tool combats the modern world and helps restore those lost principles, first in the home and then in the wider society in which we live.

“Catholic social doctrine is the sum of truths and principles enshrined in the Church’s magisterium and drawn from natural law and revelation, which deals with all aspects of man’s social life. Its main goal is the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth. This divine kingdom promotes the transformation of the world in agreement with the Catholic Faith. It has an impact on all aspects of life, both social and economic.”

80 pp. Softcover. 6 x 9.

Customer Reviews

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Murray Rundus
A spectacular introduction to Catholic social doctrine

If I could, I would give this book 5 stars for what it contains, but 3 stars for the editing. The book I got was 72 pages long, which tells me there may be a new edition that addresses some of my problems in the current edition which is apparently 80 pages long.

Firstly, the book itself is great. Fr. Bourmaud eloquently explains the social doctrine in an enlightening way. Although I was familiar with the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, Father perfectly describes it and words it in a way that is both thought-provoking and easy to understand. He does use a few philosophical terms like distinguishing between the four causes of a thing, but he even explains those well. Father also draws on some French works that aren't very accessible to us here in the English speaking world like Cardinal Pie's works along with very particular statements from the various pre-conciliar popes that must have been difficult to research. I do wish he could have addressed the ideology of Distributism or the Distributists like Belloc and Chesterton but I have a feeling that the modern Distributists would claim this book describes their position.

At the beginning of the book, there is a reference to a "Further Reading" section. My copy didn't come with this. However, there are books in the footnotes that are definitely great to know about. Further, there are some typos throughout the book that could have been fixed with further editing.

I took many notes and will be coming back to this book!