Leading clergy, writers on new Catholic social teaching app

Social teaching aid

A new iPhone and iPad application from a think tank in Washington DC aims to spread Catholic social teaching through Church documents, news and commentary, reports the Catholic News Agency.

The Ethics and Public Policy Centre said its free app is 'a great resource for politicians, journalists, teachers, students and anyone who wishes to better understand the Church’s teachings on issues of economics, politics and culture.'

The Catholic Social Teaching App provides a selection of papal encyclicals ranging from Pope Francis’ 2013 Lumen Fidei back to Pope Leo XII’s 1891 Rerum Novarum. It includes documents from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on bioethics and Catholic political participation, as well as Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on evangelisation, Evangelii Gaudium.

The app provides commentaries from Catholic and non-Catholic writers about Catholic teaching and current events. Authors include Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Other writers on Catholic topics include former US Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon, Fr Richard John Neuhaus, Michael Sean Winters, George Weigel, Fr Robert Barron, Russell Shaw, James Kalb, Hadley Arkes, Patrick Deneen and Ryan Anderson.

FULL STORY New app promotes Catholic social teaching (Catholic News Agency)

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