Dignity of the Human Person - We recognize the sanctity of human life. People do not lose dignity because of disability, poverty, age, lack of success, or race.

Community and the Common Good - The human person is both sacred and social. We realize our dignity and achieve our rights in relationship with others in our families and communities.  

Right and Responsibilities - People have a fundamental right to life, food, shelter, health care, education and employment. All people have a right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Option for the Poor - The moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. We are called to look at public policy decisions in terms of how they affect the most vulnerable.

Dignity of Work - People have a right to decent and productive work, fair wages, private property and economic initiative.

Solidarity - Our responsibilities to each other cross national, racial, economic and ideological differences. We are called to work globally for justice.

Care for God's Creation - The Catholic tradition insists that we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation.  We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God's creation.