A first in the history of the Church: CCCB Publishes Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Thursday, March 10 2005

(CCCB – Ottawa)…CCCB Publications has just released an indispensable reference tool: the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. This comprehensive resource contains a complete overview of the Church’s doctrine on Catholic social teaching, presented in a simple and straightforward format that makes it accessible to all. It is the first Vatican release of its kind in the history of the Church.

Designed as a companion to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this exhaustive reference work of close to 500 pages will be of service to all the faithful, Catholics and others, on matters related to the Church’s teaching on social ethics.

A complete overview

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church presents in a complete and systematic manner the Church’s social teaching. A far-reaching compilation, it covers all the challenging cultural and social issues facing society today, from globalization to homosexual unions. Topics include the environment, pre-emptive war, terrorism, the death penalty, immigration, poverty, free markets, human rights, politics, the family, business, workers’ rights, private property, and much more.

The Compendium is organized in three parts. The first deals with the fundamentals of social doctrine. The second discusses the various social issues themselves. The third part contains a series of recommendations for the use of social doctrine in the pastoral activity of the Church and in the life of Christians, above all, the laity.

The work is accompanied by two useful indexes: a complete reference index to citations from Scripture and Vatican documents as well as other sources, and also an extensive 164-page analytical index.

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church may be ordered at a cost of $29.95 plus tax and shipping from CCCB Publications on-line at www.cccbpublications.ca, by email at publi@cccb.ca, by phone at 1 800 769-1147 or by fax at (613) 241-5090.

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