Social Justice and Equity in the Catholic Tradition

"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

Rooted in the Franciscan Tradition and informed by Catholic Social Teaching, Viterbo University offers transformational education and formative opportunities for our community to respond to the demands of peace, justice and integrity of creation.  

Service Learning

At the heart of our Catholic, Franciscan identity is the call to build relationships with those who are in need.  It is in the context of these relationships that we engage in service.  Viterbo University is committed to the challenge of solidarity and activism, as we prophetically work for the common good through reciprocal partnerships and accompaniment with our local and global neighbors.

To learn more about service opportunities (such as Service Saturdays, our UGETCONNECTED partnerships or service immersions trips) - click here.

Social Justice and Equity

One of the most foundational core values of the Franciscan tradition is a radical, deep, and sincere belief in the dignity and value of every human being. 

To learn more about our Social Justice and Equity programming, student opportunities and out continuing work as a campus community - click here.

Diversity and Inclusion Center

To learn more about our Diversity and Inclusion Center - click here.

Catholic Social Teaching


What is Catholic Social Teaching?

The Catholic Church has a history of teachings about issues of social justice that goes back centuries and provides a compelling challenge for living responsibility and building a just society.  Modern Catholic Social Teaching, rooted in Scripture and articulated through a tradition of written documents, provides insight and action on issues that impact all dimensions of society. 



What are the major themes of Catholic Social Teaching?

  1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  6. Solidarity
  7. Care for God’s Creation
Catholic, Franciscan Resources on Issues of Social Justice

The following resources contain writings and reflections on an array of social justice issues and attempt to offer a greater awareness and a deeper understanding of their importance and relevance through our Catholic, Franciscan tradition.