Pages on which the readings appear are given in brackets after each reference.

NB: For background on the readings set in the module, see 1.1.2. Those designated ‘optional’ are not listed below.

Primary texts  

Listed in date order.  All papal and other Vatican documents are accessible at

The Bible (NAB and NRSV recommended) (1.3.2-1.3.4, 3.3.3)

Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labour), 1891 (2.1.5; see also 4.2.2-4.2.8)

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 (Accessible at: (7.2.2)

Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth), 1963 (7.2.4)

Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes (The Church in the Modern World), 1965 (7.2.1)

Second Vatican Council, Dignitatis Humanae (Declaration on Religious Freedom), 1965 (7.2.5)

Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World), 1975 (1.2.4)

Pope John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis, (Redeemer of Humanity) 1979 (3.4.2)

Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio (The Christian Family in the Modern World), 1981 (6.1.3, 6.3.2, 6.3.5)

Pope John Paul II, Laborem Exercens (On Human Work), 1981 (4.3.2-4.3.9)

Pope John Paul II, Solicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern), 1987 (5.3.3)

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, What Is Happening to our Beautiful Land: A Pastoral Letter on Ecology, 1988 (Accessible at: (3.2.4)

Pope John Paul II, ‘Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All of Creation’ (Message for the World Day of Peace), 1990 (3.4.2)

Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus (The One-Hundredth Year), 1991 (8.2.1-8.2.6)

Pope John Paul II, ‘Letter to Women’, 1995 (8.3.3)

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, The Common Good and the Catholic Church’s Social Teaching, 1996 (Accessible at: (2.3.3)

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1997 (revised edition) (1.2.1)

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, ‘Human Rights and the Catholic Church: Reflections on the Jubilee of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, 1998 (Accessible at: (7.2.4)

Pope John Paul II, ‘God made man the steward of creation’, General Audience, 17 January 2001 (3.3.3)

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, The Call of Creation: God’s Invitation and the Human Response, 2002. (CBCEW/CAFOD 2008 edition accessible at: (3.4.3)

Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 2004 (passim)

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ‘Letter on the collaboration of men and women in the Church and in the world’, 2004 (8.3.3)

Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love), 2005 (1.2.1)

Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), 2009 (5.3.4)

Pope Benedict XVI, ‘If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation’ (Message for the World Day of Peace), 2010 (3.4.4)

Secondary literature

Allen, Christine, ‘The Catholic church has always cared about social justice – we’re commanded to’, The Guardian, 27 June 2009 (1.1.1)

Beattie, Tina, ‘Feminism, Vatican-Style’, The Tablet, 7 August 2004 (8.3.4)

Cahill, Lisa Sowle, Family: A Christian Social Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000 (6.3.6)

Citizens UK, ‘London Citizens Living Wage Olympics’ (video), 2007 (Accessible at:

Cornish, Sandie, ‘Developing the Pastoral Spiral’ Sidney: Australian Jesuits, 2009 (rev. ed.)  (PowerPoint presentation accessible at: (2.3.2)

Day, Dorothy, Interview on ‘Christopher Closeup’ (video), Oct. 1971 (Accessible at: (6.4.1)

Deane-Drummond, Celia, ‘Joining in the Dance: Catholic Social Teaching and Ecology’, New Blackfriars 93 (Issue 1043) (Mar. 2012) 193-212 (3.5.1)

Dickens, Charles, Hard Times, 1854 (Public domain) (2.1.3)

Dorr, Donal, Option for the Poor: One Hundred Years of Catholic Social Teaching. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1992 (2nd ed.) (8.3.2)

Esdaille, Rob, ‘History: 2,000 Years of Catholic Ethics’, at Live Simply website on Catholic Social Teaching (no date).  (Accessible at: (8.1.3).

‘Francis and Nature’ (no author given), Waverley, NSW: Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit in the Province of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia, no date. (Accessible at (3.3.2)

Garr, Mateo, ‘Pacem in Terris, 40 Years After: Human Rights and Practical Action’, Journal of Catholic Social Thought, 1.1 (2004), 83-92 (7.3.1)

Hadas, Edward ‘Church Social Teaching: An Inconvenient Truth’, Faith, March-April 2010 (5.4.1)

Healy, Nicholas J., ‘Caritas in Veritate and Economic Theory’, Communio 37 (Winter 2010), 580-591 (5.4.1)

Ivereigh, Austen Faithful Citizens: A Practical Guide to Catholic Social Teaching and Community Organising. London: DLT, 2010 (4.3.4)

Lamoureux, Patricia, ‘Commentary on Laborem Exercens’, in K. Himes (ed.), Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations, Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2005, 389-414 (4.4.1)

Maritain, Jacques, The Person and the Common Good. New York: Charles Scribner, 1947 (2.2.7)

Maritain, Jacques, Man and the State. London: Hollis and Carter, 1954 (7.2.3)

McCarthy, David Matzko (ed.), The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching, Grand Rapids. MI: Brazos, 2009 (1.3.3, 1.3.4, 3.3.1, 3.3.7, 3.5.2, 5.1.6, 6.2.2, 6.2.4, 6.4.1, 7.2.5, 8.4.2)

Rogers, Adam (ed.), Taking Action: An Environmental Guide for You and Your Community, New York, United Nations Environment Programme, 1996-99 (Accessible at: (3.2.3)

Rubio, Julie Hanlon two interviews: ‘Q&A with Julie Rubio’, issued by Georgetown University Press, May 2010 (accessible at:; and ‘Don’t focus on the family: Julie Hanlon Rubio on family ethics’, in US Catholic 76.2 (Feb. 2011), pp. 34-37 (accessible at: (6.4.2)

Stone, Daniel, ‘The Green Pope’, Newsweek, 17 April 2008 (Accessible at: (3.4.4)

Traer, Robert, ‘Catholics and Human Rights’, revised chapter from Faith in Human Rights: Support in Religious Traditions for a Global Struggle. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 1991 (Accessible at: (7.2.3)

Young Christian Workers, Ireland, ‘Our founder: Joseph Cardijn’ (no date) (Accessible at: (2.3.1)

Websites students are asked to explore/use

Unit 3

Christian Ecology Link, (3.3.1, 3.5.2)

Ecocongregation, (3.5.2)

Live Simply, and (3.5.2)

Operation Noah, (3.5.2)

Amber Links, (3.5.2)

Unit 4

Citizens UK, (especially the Living Wage Campaign) (4.4.3; also 7.3.3)

Unit 5

Trannon furniture makers: and (5.1.3)

All the following on 5.4.2:

Ethical Investments,

Co-operative Bank,

Triodos Bank,


Ethical Trading Initiative,

Fairtrade Foundation,

Clipper Teas,



Ethical Tour Operators’ Group,

Transformational Business Network,

Transforming Business,


People Tree,

Ethical Superstore,

Unit 7 (all on 7.3.3)

Amnesty International,

Human Rights Watch,

Christian Solidarity Worldwide,

Jubilee Campaign,

Release Eritrea,

Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre,

Burma Campaign UK,

Movement of Christian Workers,



Unit 8

Infosys Ltd, (8.2.4)

Uptown Ltd, (8.2.4)

Some other on-line items set as background reading or for reference are not listed above (among them a few Wikipedia entries – warnings about possible inaccuracy are given).

Bibliographies of readings designated ‘optional’ and of sources cited will be added later.


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