Reading the Signs of the Times

A Timeline of Church Teaching

This is an evolving timeline of major church teaching from the beginning of modern Catholic social teaching in 1891. There may be disagreement about what's included / excluded. [In progress...];xNLx;;xNLx;Photo credits: images discovered and used as identified through Google searches, which are tagged for noncommercial reuse.;xNLx;;xNLx;Links to source documents: Links are provided for convenience to the original English translations (where available) through official Church websites (e.g., vatican.va). If you find an erroneous link or have other suggestions, please email nicholas.kockler@ethicsinsight.org. Thank you.

1891-05-15 00:00:00

On the Condition of Labor

Rerum Novarum: papal encyclical attributed to Pope Leo XIII

1930-12-31 00:00:00

On Christian Marriage

Casti Connubii: papal encyclical attributed to Pope Pius XI

1931-05-15 00:00:00

Reconstruction of the Social Order

Quadragesimo anno: papal encyclical attributed to Pope Pius XI.

1952-09-14 00:00:00

The Intangibility of the Human Person

The Intangibility of the Human Person: allocution of Pope Pius XII. [The hyperlink connects to the French translation; an English translation is not available online through the Vatican website.]

1953-09-07 00:00:00

Moral Aspects of Genetics

Moral Aspects of Genetics: allocution of Pope Pius XII. [The hyperlink connects to the French translation; an English translation is not available online through the Vatican website.]

1956-05-14 00:00:00

Tissue Transplantation

Tissue Transplantation: allocution of Pope Pius XII. [The hyperlink connects to the French translation; an English translation is not available online through the Vatican website.]

1957-11-24 00:00:00

The Prolongation of Life

The Prolongation of Life: allocution of Pope Pius XII. [The hyperlink connects to the French translation; an English translation is not available online through the Vatican website.]

1961-05-15 00:00:00

Christianity and Social Progress

Mater et Magistra: papal encyclical attributed to St. John XXIII.

1963-04-11 00:00:00

Peace on Earth

Pacem in terris: encyclical attributed to St. John XXIII.

1964-11-21 00:00:00

Dogmatic Constitution on the Church

Lumen Gentium: Constitution of the Second Vatican Council.

1965-12-07 00:00:00

Constitution on the Church in the Modern World

Gaudium et spes: Constitution of the Second Vatican Council.

1965-12-07 00:00:00

Declaration on Religious Freedom

Dignitatis humanae: Declaration of the Second Vatican Council.

1968-05-08 04:36:10

The Development of Peoples

Populorum progressio: Encyclical attributed to Pope Paul VI

1968-07-25 00:00:00

On the Regulation of Birth

Humanae Vitae: Encyclical attributed to Pope Paul VI.

1971-05-14 00:00:00

A Call to Action

Octogesima adveniens: Encyclical attributed to Pope Paul VI.

1971-11-30 00:00:00

Justice in the World

Justice mundi: Synod document.

1974-11-18 00:00:00

Declaration on Procured Abortion

Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

1975-03-13 00:00:00

Responses to Questions Concerning Sterilization in Catholic Hospitals

Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

1975-12-08 00:00:00

Evangelization in the Modern World

Evangelii nuntiandi: Apostolic exhortation attributed to Pope Paul VI.

1975-12-29 00:00:00

Declaration on Certain Problems of Sexual Ethics

Persona Humana: Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

1980-05-05 00:00:00

Declaration on Euthanasia

Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

1981-09-14 00:00:00

On Human Work

Laborem exercens: Encyclical attributed to St. John Paul II.

1981-11-19 00:00:00

Pastoral Letter on Health and Health Care

Pastoral letter from the U.S. Catholic bishops.

1981-11-22 00:00:00

The Christian Family in the Modern World

Familiaris Consortio: Encyclical attributed to St. John Paul II.

1983-05-03 00:00:00

The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response

Pastoral Letter from the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

1986-10-01 00:00:00

The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons

Letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

1986-11-01 00:00:00

Economic Justice for All

Pastoral letter from the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

1987-02-22 00:00:00

Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation

Donum Vitae: Instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

1987-12-30 00:00:00

On Social Concern

Sollicitudo rei socialis: Encyclical attributed to St. John Paul II.

1991-05-01 00:00:00

The Hundredth Year

Centesimus annus: Encyclical attributed to St. John Paul II.

1992-07-23 00:00:00

Some Considerations Concerning the Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons

Response from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

1993-07-31 00:00:00

Response on Uterine Isolation and Related Matters

Response of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

1993-08-06 00:00:00

The Splendor of Truth

Veritatis splendor: Encyclical attributed to St. John Paul II.

1995-03-25 00:00:00

The Gospel of Life

Evangelium vitae: Encyclical attributed to St. John Paul II.

1996-09-19 00:00:00

Moral Principles Concerning Infants with Anencephaly

Doctrinal note from the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

1997-11-12 00:00:00

Called to Global Solidarity

Pastoral letter from the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

1998-09-14 00:00:00

On Faith and Reason

Fides et ratio: Encyclical attributed to St. John Paul II.

2001-06-15 00:00:00

Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good

Pastoral Letter from the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

2002-11-24 00:00:00

The Participation of Catholics in the Political Life

Doctrinal Note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

2004-03-20 00:00:00

Life-Sustaining Treatments and the Vegetative State: Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas

Allocution of St. John Paul II.

2005-12-25 00:00:00

God is Love

Deus caritas est: Encyclical attributed to Pope Benedict XVI.

2007-08-01 00:00:00

Responses to Certain Questions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Concerning Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

Response of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

2008-09-08 00:00:00

Instruction on Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions

Dignitas Personae: Instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

2009-06-29 00:00:00

In Charity and Truth

Caritas in veritate: Encyclical attributed to Pope Benedict XVI.

2013-06-29 00:00:00

The Light of Faith

Lumen fidei: Encyclical attributed to Pope Francis

2013-11-24 00:00:00

The Joy of the Gospel

Evangelii gaudium: Apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis.

2015-05-24 00:00:00

On Care for Our Common Home

Laudato si': Encyclical attributed to Pope Francis.

2016-03-19 00:00:00

On Love in the Family

Amoris laetitia: Apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis.

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