The Ten Major Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
guide our work at Centacare.

Human Dignity

Every human being is created in God’s image and likeness and therefore is valuable and worthy of respect.

Respect for Human Life

Human life at every stage of development, from conception to natural death, is precious and thus worthy of protection and respect.


Human beings are social; therefore they grow and achieve fulfilment by association with others in families and other social institutions such as unions.


People have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good of all.

Preferential Protection for the Poor and Vulnerable

The Gospels call us to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable first, so that their needs as well as the common good may be realised.


We are one human family, and so our practice of love of neighbour must extend to the whole global community.


We show our respect for the Creator by our responsible use and protection of all creation, from the use of personal talents and resources to caring for the environment.


While government and other leadership structures have a proper role in promoting the common good, wherever possible decisions should be made by those who are closest to the people who will be affected by them, consistent with the decisions being well made.

Human Equality

The equality of persons is a matter of their essential human dignity; social and cultural discrimination is not compatible with our understanding that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God.

Common Good

The common good requires that social conditions allow all people to reach their full human potential and realise their human dignity.