Respect for human dignity
Human dignity emerges neither from what people accomplish or own, but because we are created in the image and likeness of God. Consequently, every person is worthy of respect simply by virtue of being a human being. People do not lose the right to being treated with respect because of disability, poverty, age, lack of success or race, let alone gain the right to be treated with greater respect because of what they own or accomplish.
Justice and Peace
Catholic teaching promotes peace as a positive, action-oriented concept. In the words of Pope John Paul II, "Peace is not just the absence of war. It involves mutual respect and confidence between peoples and nations. It involves collaboration and binding agreements." There is a close relationship in Catholic teaching between peace and justice. Peace is the fruit of justice and is dependent upon right order among human beings.
A community is genuinely healthy when every single person is flourishing. This is not the utilitarian formula of the greatest good for the greatest number, but the moral formula of the greatest good for all, simply on the basis that they are human beings and therefore inherently worthy of respect.
Integrity of Creation & Stewardship
We show respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. We have a responsibility to care for the world's goods as stewards and trustees, not primarily, let alone merely, as consumers. As people working toward making these principles a reality, good stewardship also means making careful and responsible decisions with the resources entrusted to us.
The word subsidiarity comes from the Latin word 'subsidium' which means help, aid or support. The principle of subsidiarity means clearly determining the right amount of help or support that is needed to accomplish a task or to meet an obligation: "not too much" (taking over and doing it for the other: thereby creating learned helplessness or overdependence) and "not too little" (standing back and watching people thrash about, thereby increasing frustration and perhaps hopelessness). The principle might be better summarized as "no bigger than necessary, no smaller than appropriate."
Preferancial Option for the Poor
In a world where we see deepening divisions between rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless, the Catholic tradition reminds us that God stands firmly on the side of the most marginalized 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.
We believe every person has an understanding of what is wrong and what is right. With Moral integrity, a person should be able to do the right even when no one is watching at all times.
We believe that an individual or an organization should be evaluated based on their performance or behaviour related to something for which they are responsible.