This book Catholic Social Teachings: towards a Catholic Faith in Action by Fr. Prakash Louis is published by the Indian Social Institute. Undoubtedly this is a timely book which makes a humble attempt to present the social teachings of the Church in the Indian context. This is a handbook for ‘internalising the Catholic social teachings and formulating action’. It basically tries to locate the place and role of social teachings of the Church in an Indian Christian’s life and mission. Social Encyclicals or Catholic Social Teachings (CST) or the Social Doctrines of the Church are the Church’s institutional response to the social problems of a given time period. The social teaching of the Church is a rich heritage of ethical reflections and insights on the social, economic and political questions of our contemporary world.
Fr. Prakash Louis has sub-titled the handbook, “The Best Kept Secrets”. This is to emphasise the fact that the rich tradition of the Church remains totally unknown to most Catholics. This is all the more true in India. At the most this is taught in some seminaries and talked about in some seminars. But for the lay faithful and women religious this is still a best kept secret.
Taking into account these facts, this handbook is published for dissemination, internalization and action. It is not only meant for Catholics or Christians but to be shared in a meaningful way with people of all religions, cultures, background and communities who want to work towards establishing a better village, community, society, nation, world, environment, and humanity.
- Title: Catholic Social Teachings: towards a Catholic Faith in Action
- Author: Fr. Dr. Prakash Louis, SJ
- Publisher: Indian Social Institute, New Delhi
- Pages: 126
- Price: Rs 200