Call to Family, Community and Participation
The human person is social as well as sacred. Our Catholic tradition teaches that human beings grow and achieve fulfillment in community. The family is the central social institution. Family life needs to be supported by other institutions and governments. Excessive individualism, competition, and greed work against community and the common good.
“We believe people have a right and duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable” (Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, USCCB, 1998).