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Catholic Social Teaching: A Bibliography of Primary Sources

Submitted by David A. Smither on Thu, 09/05/2019 - 12:00

The following bibliography is intended to be a more-or-less "complete" reference list of the Magisterial literature of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church, otherwise known as “Catholic Social Teaching”, or “CST”. To my knowledge, there is no authoritative "canon" of CST, however there is broad agreement as to the most significant texts among commentators.


This is How You Can Become a Saint

Submitted by David A. Smither on Sat, 07/06/2019 - 12:00

"What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” (Luke 5:4)

These words of Our Lord, drawn from the Gospel reading for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, reveal both profound truths about God’s heart — the Sacred Heart — and deeply practical wisdom for our daily life and work.


Human and Divine Assumptions


The Heartfelt Logic of Mercy: A Prerequisite for Being Christian

Submitted by David A. Smither on Sat, 04/27/2019 - 12:00

“I’m not quite sure how to say this, but I think you’re crazy.” These words were directed to me by a friend I hold in high esteem.

“I respect your right to your own thoughts,” he continued, “but if you ask me, the man’s a serial offender. What he did is unforgivable.”

He was expressing his sincere bafflement at the fact that I have taken upon myself the task of corresponding with and evangelizing the man who murdered my sister more than 20 years ago.


International Trade Refutes Hobbes' Theory about the State of Nature

Submitted by David A. Smither on Sun, 04/14/2019 - 12:00

One of the most oft-quoted rationales for the existence of the state is that it ensures peaceful commerce. We are told that without the state acting as “referee” in our commercial lives, there would be an abundance of fraud, contractual defaults, and an atmosphere generally unconducive to a flourishing marketplace.


How I Learned to Love My Sister’s Murderer

Submitted by David A. Smither on Sun, 12/16/2018 - 12:00

I never thought I would be telling this story publicly — let alone living it. I pray that it may speak to your heart on this Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of Rejoicing.

My sister Laura was abducted and murdered in 1997 by a serial rapist and murderer. I was 9 years old at the time, and Laura was about to turn 13.