Topics in Catholic Social Thought

This sampling of resources published after 2000 highlight some of the ways Catholic social thought has been applied to specific social issues.


  • Allman, Mark J., ed. 2012. The Almighty and the Dollar: Reflections on Economic Justice for All. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic.
  • Bailey, James. 2010. Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.
  • Massaro, Thomas, S.J. 2007. United States Welfare Policy: A Catholic Response.  Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.  
  • Twomey, Gerald. 2005.The Preferential Option for the Poor in Catholic Social Thought From John XXIII to Paul III. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.


  • Coleman, John, S.J. 2015.  “The Church, Climate Change, and Creation Care.” In Erin Brigham, ed. The Church in the Modern World: Fifty Years after Gaudium et Spes, 127-140. Lanham, MD: Lexington.
  • Winright, Tobias. 2011. Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Environment. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic.

Human rights and development

  • Coleman, John and W.F. Ryan, eds. 2005. Globalization and Catholic Social Thought: Present Crisis, Future Hope. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis.
  • Clark, Meghan J.  2014. The Vision of Catholic Social Thought: The Virtue of Solidarity and the Praxis of Human Rights. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
  • Hollenbach, David, S.J., ed. 2010. Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • Hollenbach, David and Thomas A. Shannon. “A Balancing Act: Catholic Teaching on the Church’s Rights—and the Rights of All.” America, 206, no. 7 (March 5, 2012): 23-26.
  • Pilaro, Franklin, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Maria Clara Bingemer and Sarojini Nadar, eds. 2015. Globalization and the Church of the Poor. London: SCM Press.



  • Duffy, Gavan. 2008. Labour and Justice: The Worker in Catholic Social Teaching. Herefordshire, England: Gracewing.
  • O’Brien, John. 2004. George G. Higgins and the Quest for Worker Justice: The Evolution of Catholic Social Thought in America. Lanham, MD.
  • Quigley, William. “The Living Wage and Catholic Social Thought.” America (August 28, 2006).


  • Allman, Mark and Tobias Winright. 2010. After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis.
  • McElroy, Robert. “War Without End.” America Vol. 204 Issue 5 (February 21, 2011): 10-13.
  • McCarthy, Eli Sasaran. 2012. Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy. Wipf & Stock.

Politics and the Common Good

  • Hamm, Dennis and Gail S. Risch, eds. “Faithful Citizenship: Principles and Strategies that Serve the Common Good,” Journal of Religion & Society (2008).
  • Hollenbach, David J. 2002. The Common Good and Christian Ethics. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Korzen, Chris, Alexia Kelley and Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., eds. 2008. A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.