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"A Catholic university must have the courage to speak uncomfortable truths which do not please public opinion, but which are necessary to safeguard the authentic good of society."

— Pope John Paul II, Ex corde Ecclesiae

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching is central to our faith. It is rooted in our commitment to the poor and vulnerable and is founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ. Catholic Social Teaching is about building a society based on justice and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of society.


ACCU offers a wide range of resources for Catholic college and university administrators, faculty, and students who want to promote social justice using the themes of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) as their guide. We publish a monthly newsletter and Peace and Justice blog, featuring recent news of Catholic higher education peace and justice-related initiatives, including events taking place at member institutions. To subscribe to the monthly newsletter, please contact ACCU.

Over the past three years, ACCU and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), have offered Global Solidarity Grants of up to $3,000 to ACCU member institutions to facilitate creative projects that advance Catholic mission through global solidarity. The selected projects are innovative and high-impact, combining prayer, spiritual development, and the examination of values with educational objectives. Find more information on our Funding Opportunities page.



Catholic Higher Education and Catholic Social Teaching: A Vision Statement
offers guidance in incorporating CST across the curriculum.


Immigration Reform
See what ACCU and its member colleges have done in response to calls for immigration reform
See how Catholic higher education has asserted its commitment to care for creation
Fair Trade & Alleviating Poverty
Read about ACCU and member campus efforts to preserve the dignity of work