The fourth theme of Catholic Social Teaching emphasizes the call each human being has to family, community, and participation. As social beings, men and women organize society for the common good and well-being of all.
Family is the first institution is society, and it is the place where each human being learns to receive and offer love. Children learn not only their inherent worth but also their responsibility to participate in their community and political life. Ed Lis, director of mission integration and Catholic identity at Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia talks about the theological principles involved. Jean Beil, senior vice president of programs and services at CCUSA, discusses the practical implications of being part of a family and larger community.