Economic Justice

“All economic life should be shaped by moral principles.  Economic choices and institutions must be judged by how they protect or undermine the life and dignity of the human person, support the family, and serve the common good.”  — A Catholic Framework for Economic Life, USCCB, 1996


The Church teaches that the economy exists to serve the human person, not vice versa. We believe that in this economy, the poor and vulnerable have the greatest moral claim on our priorities and financial resources.  We affirm the right of workers to just wages, decent working conditions, and the right to form and participate in unions.

The Diocese of San Jose fully supports organizations and activities that address the root causes of poverty, empower all people to be agents of their own destinies, and protect the inherent dignity of human labor. This support includes the robust promotion of Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), Labor in the Pulpit, and Step-Up Silicon Valley.

See our page on Global Solidarity for more diocesan activities in support of organizations that care for and empower the poor and vulnerable, at home and abroad.

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