Our philanthropic activities are inspired by Catholic Social Teaching.
Catholic Social Teaching provides a set of principles, which have been elaborated and refined through the Church’s long dialogue with humankind. The principles are aimed towards all persons of good will, providing concepts to think about the social realities of the world around us and the problems we face. These concepts encourage people to take action for the common good.
The teaching urges people to respect the dignity of every person and to strive to build a just society serving the common good. If treated fairly and with integrity, people will respond in kind, creating strong relationships founded on trust and honesty. People exist as part of society. According to the teaching, every individual has a duty to share in promoting the welfare of the community and a right to benefit from that welfare. This applies at every level: local, national and international.
In addition to the common good, human dignity and social justice, three other concepts are central to the teaching; solidarity, subsidiarity, and sustainability.
Solidarity means pursuing actions that serve the broadest number of people to the detriment of no one, with a strong preference for helping those in greatest need. All are responsible for all, and in particular the rich have responsibilities towards the poor. National and international structures must reflect this.
Subsidiarity encourages and invites people to take responsibility and to contribute at various levels of the decision-making process so that they are included in solving their own problems.
Sustainability means being responsible custodians, ensuring that our actions do not negatively impact other people or the natural environment.