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Church’s social teaching always a ‘work in progress,’ archbishop says

While some fundamental principles of the Catholic Church’s social teaching are permanent, there are ever-changing social and political conditions that can change how it is applied, said the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.

“The social teaching of the Church is part of the discipline of moral theology, but moral theology cannot produce a handbook with all the answers to the social challenges of the times,” Archbishop Martin told journalists on 18th April during a news conference on an upcoming conference sponsored by the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation.

Established in 1993, the foundation seeks to promote the teaching of St John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical on social and economic justice.

Business leaders and experts in Catholic social teaching attending the 24th-26th May international conference will reflect on “new policies and lifestyles in the digital age.”

Picture: While some fundamental principles of the Catholic Church’s social teaching are permanent, there are ever-changing social and political conditions that can change how it is applied, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. He is pictured in a 2014 photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).