Catholic Social Teaching

CDF is guided by a set of principles known as Catholic Social Teaching. These teachings focus on our human interactions in our communities and remind us of the vital role we play within not just the Church’s world, but within a financial sector whose primary responsibility is to its shareholders. Read more about Catholic Social Teaching, their history and importance in society today. 

The five Catholic Social Teaching that resonate most among our team are: 

The Principle of Association 

We cannot consider a person simply as an isolated individual but rather, as part of a rich tapestry of relationships. When making decisions which impact on the lives of others, we must consider how it impacts on that person’s connections with family, friends and the wider community. 

That’s why we are active across schools, healthcare, social services and parishes; places where people come together, can enjoy contact with others that share similar values and beliefs, or simply benefit from the care and support of others in organised and caring communal settings. 

The Principle of Participation 

People have a right to shape their own lives and the society in which they live. We each have a responsibility to be shapers of the kind of world in which we wish to live. 

That’s why we fund from within, to ensure an unbroken continuation of the traditions we hold sacred, free from the vagaries of financial systems that may not see, or fund, opportunity, in the ways we do. 

The Principle of Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable 

The Catholic tradition reminds us that God stands firmly on the side of the most marginalised members of society. While every person’s needs are important, we must consider first and foremost how the lives of the most vulnerable people are impacted or enhanced by decisions we make.  

It is a principle as old as the Bible and part of a tradition of care and support that underpinned our reason-for-being back in the 1950’s. And it’s more relevant now than ever before. 

The Principle of Subsidiarity 

It is important to provide those in need with a level of help that allows them to meet an obligation in an autonomous manner. 

We fund from within, but with rigour and responsibility. We will find the means to provide the right level of support to parishes, schools and others, in ways that enhance individual capacity and competency to service their local communities. 

The Principle of Common Good

A community is genuinely healthy when every single person is flourishing. The moral formula of the greatest good for all. 

We authentically support this moral formula, and balance margin and mission in ways that benefit our communities and those charged with serving them