The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario is the association of the Catholic bishops in the Province of Ontario in the service of Catholics of Ontario. By its very nature, the ACBO is a forum where the Bishops of Ontario reflect together and collaborate on projects to proclaim, celebrate and live the Good News of Jesus Christ in our province. It is an instrument of the collegiality that binds Bishops with each other under the leadership of the Bishop of Rome in a common purpose, a common mission, a common faith. The ACBO is one of four regional assemblies of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is located in Ottawa. The CCCB is the national association of all Catholic bishops of Canada. – from the website.
Selected ACBO Resources
- The Human Person, Love, and Sexuality
- A Letter to the Catholic High School Students of Ontario
- ACBO Education Commission publishes position paper on the Character Development Initiative
- Inclusive Education
- Fundamental Principles of Catholic Social Teachin
- Intimacy and Sexuality
- Education Archives
- Pastoral Letter on Catholic Secondary School Chaplaincy
- Pastoral guidelines to assist students of same-sex orientation
- Renewing the Promise: A Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education
The Ontario Institute for Catholic Education is an arm of the ACBO. It brings together, works with, and assists organizations that share responsibility for English Catholic education in their efforts to promote and maintain publicly-funded Catholic schools animated by the Gospel and reflecting the tenets of the Catholic faith.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), it became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965, as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.
The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis supports and implements the mandate of the Episcopal Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis. Priority is given to the identification and development of resources in the areas of catechesis for adults, children, and youth within parishes and families. The office seeks to support the formation of those involved in catechetical leadership by researching and communicating trends and innovative strategies in evangelization and catechesis.
- On Good Soil
- Criteria for Catechesis
- Celebrating Canadian Saints
- Corporal Works of Mercy
- Jubilee for Catechists
- Resource Lists
- Amoris Laetitia Webcast Series – English
- Resources for Catechists – What Do You Seek?
Other national and regional federations of Bishops’ conferences:
- The Antilles Episcopal Conference
- The Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences
- The Catholic Church in Australia
- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh
- Conferência Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil
- The Catholic Church in England and Wales
- l’Église catholique en France
- Deutsche Bischofskonfernz (EN)
- Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM)
- Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
- Chiesa Cattolica Italiana
- Irish Bishops’ Conference
- Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano
- The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference
- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
- Konferencja Episkopatu Polski
- The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland
- The South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference
- Conferencia Episcopal Espana
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is the official summary of Church Teachings written in 1992 and slightly amended in 1997. A non-approved plain language version is also available. A version designed for youth, YouCat is only available in print.
If the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us what the Catholic Church teaches, the General Directory for Catechesis tells us how we should teach. It is the basis for national or regional programs.
Canon Law is a code of ecclesiastical laws governing the Catholic Church. In the Latin or Western Church, the governing code is the 1983 Code of Canon Law, a revision of the 1917 Code of Canon Law. A separate but parallel Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, issued in 1990, governs the Eastern Catholic churches. That document was the first comprehensive code of church law governing all Eastern Catholic churches. – USCCB
“I am pleased to present the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, which, according to the request received from the Holy Father, has been drawn up in order to give a concise but complete overview of the Church’s social teaching.” – from the presentation of the document.
Encyclicals and other official Church teachings on Social Justice
- Rerum Novarum. . . (On the Condition of Labor)—Pope Leo XIII, 1891
- Quadragesimo Anno. . . (After Forty Years)—Pope Pius XI, 1931
- Mater et Magistra. . . (Christianity and Social Progress)—St. John XXIII, 1961
- Pacem in Terris. . . (Peace on Earth)—St. John XXIII, 1963
- Gaudium et Spes. . . (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World)—Second Vatican Council, 1965
- Dignitatis Humanae . . . (Declaration on Religious Freedom)—Second Vatican Council, 1965
- Populorum Progressio. . . (On the Development of Peoples)—Blessed Paul VI, 1967
- Octogesima Adveniens. . . (A Call to Action)—Blessed Pope Paul VI, 1971
- Evangelii Nuntiandi. . . (Evangelization in the Modern World)—Blessed Paul VI, 1975
- Laborem Exercens. . . (On Human Work)—St. John Paul II, 1981
- Sollicitudo Rei Socialis. . . (On Social Concern)—St. John Paul II, 1987
- The Church and Racism: Towards a more fraternal society. . . —Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 1989
- Centesimus Annus. . . (The Hundredth Year)—St. John Paul II, 1991
- Veritatis splendor. . . (The Splendor of Truth)—St. John Paul II, 1993
- Evangelium Vitae. . . (The Gospel of Life)—St. John Paul II, 1995
- Dignitas Personae. . . (The Dignity of a Person)—Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1998
- Ecclesia in America. . . (The Church in America)—St. John Paul II, 1999
- Fides et Ratio. . . (Faith and Reason)—St. John Paul II, 1998
- Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life. . . – Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2002
- Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. . . —Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2004
- Deus Caritas Est. . . (God Is Love)—Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
- Sacramentum Caritatis. . . (The Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church’s Life and Mission)—Pope Benedict XVI, 2007 (especially paragraphs 47, 49, 82-84, and 88-92)
- Caritas in Veritate. . . (Charity in Truth)—Pope Benedict XVI, 2009
- Evangelii Gaudium. . . (The Joy of the Gospel)—Pope Francis, 2013
- Laudato Si’. . . (On Care for Our Common Home)—Pope Francis, 2015
Your guide to online Papal and other official documents of the Catholic Church. Although not an official site, it has an extensive catalogue of Papal documents
Non-official resources for exploring Official Catholic Teachings
The Theology Library from Spring Hill College provides an extensive list of web links on various topics in theology and religious education.
A comprehensive archive of popular summaries on various Catholic teachings are found in the Catholic Update archive. These have the imprimatur of a Catholic Bishop. American Catholic also publish Scripture from Scratch (Archived) which looks at topics arising out of the Bible.
Felix Just SJ Catholic Resources for Bible, Liturgy, Art, and Theology