OUR SEVEN GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  1. We Value All Human Life
    We believe that all human life is sacred and each person has inherent dignity from the moment of conception to natural death. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.
  2. We Care for the Poor
    A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
  3. We Embrace Solidarity
    We are one human family. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.
  4. We Support Families
    The person is not only sacred but also social. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
  5. We Uphold Fundamental Rights
    The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life, nutrition, housing, health care, education, employment and to practice one's faith.
  6. We Support Workers
    The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.
  7. We Care for God’s Creation
    We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.