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Salt of the Earth (SOTE)

A Group Study Guide on the Basic Principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST).

The Church’s social teaching connects our faith with the realities of today. They help us understand the importance of family and community, the meaning of our work, our role as citizens, respecting the environment, bridging the gap between the rich and the poor, and many other social responsibilities we have as Christians.

However, the social teachings have been called the Church’s “best-kept secret” because few people are familiar with them. As such, Caritas Singapore brings to you an easy-to-follow group study guide where you can learn basic principles of the Church’s social teaching (CST), such as the dignity of the human person, the common good, solidarity, care for creation and much more within 12 sessions. 

Salt of the Earth (SOTE) Study Guide FAQs

Who is it for?

The SOTE study guide is for everyone. It is to be used by groups such as Small Christian Communities, Catechists, Parish Pastoral Councils (PPC), RCIA sponsors, social ministries, youth and young adult communities, and any other ministry or prayer group. If you currently do not belong to a group, you can get together with a few people who are interested to learn more about CST and form a group to use this study guide.

How does it work?

There are 12 chapters in the SOTE study guide. You can follow the readings, reflections, activities, and prayers in each chapter of the study guide. Each session is designed to last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Your group can cover the sessions on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis.

How much does it cost?

Salt of the Earth (SOTE) is distributed free of charge to any group interested to learn about Catholic social teaching (CST).


Click on a chapter to read the original texts from the Church’s social teaching documents.

Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

Chapter 3:

Principle of Association (PDF file size 48kb)

Chapter 4:

Principle of Subsidiarity (PDF file size 66kb)

Chapter 5:

Principle of Participation (PDF file size 58kb)

Chapter 6:

Principle of the Common Good (PDF file size 74kb)

Chapter 7:

Chapter 8:

Principle of Solidarity (PDF file size 48kb)

Chapter 9:

Chapter 10:

Chapter 11:

Chapter 12:

Summary (PDF file size 12kb)