Social Doctrine of the Church
Justice & Peace, which stems from the II Vatican Council, was set up in order to “stimulate the Catholic community to promote progress and international social justice in needy regions.” (GS 90).
Pope Paul VI, following this path, entrusted the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace with the role of engaging in studies based on the Social Teaching of the Church and in making it widely known, in order to apply this Social Teaching of the Church throughout society. An icon of this mission is a rooster, symbol of vigilance in faith, which was mentioned by Pope Paul VI in the first audience with the Commission. Justice & Peace’s highest contribution in this field has been the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
The Spanish Justice & Peace General Commission is also entrusted by its statutes and its role of “studying and help to promote the Social Doctrine of the Church”. This objective is present in the General Commission’s work and all its activities. The General Commission stands up for all human rights: from political freedom and the right to conscious objection to the third-generation human rights without overlooking the economic, social and cultural rights. At present, it is concerned about environmental issues, the effects of current crisis, migrants, arms trade, external debt, and world development.
This is the reason why Justice and Peace studies the Social Doctrine of the Church, makes it widely known, puts it into practice in its daily life, and gives a special attention to the spreading of the World Day for Peace message that takes place on every January 1st.