The Catholic Church views human rights as inherent to every person by virtue of their human dignity, and as such, they are deserving of respect and protection. This view is rooted in Catholic teachings on the value and dignity of each human life, which is believed to be a gift from God.
The Church recognizes the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which outlines a set of rights and freedoms to which all individuals are entitled, including the right to life, liberty, and security of person, the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, and the right to work, among others. The Church also recognizes economic, social, and cultural rights, such as the right to education, the right to work, and the right to housing.
The Church supports the protection of human rights through its various social, humanitarian, and educational initiatives, and it encourages Catholics to be active in promoting human rights in their communities, through advocacy and other forms of social engagement. The main work of the Church is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. It is this Gospel that will teach others how to live a properly ordered life to the glory of God.
(February 1, 2023)