His talk refers to the Second Vatican Council document Gaudium et spes.
He boiled the concept down to three areas:
-- basic rights/respect for persons
-- interpersonal flourishing
-- and societal integration
Catholic Social Thought -- a theology not an ideology in the words of John Paul II -- is different.Father William Rehg SJ, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University "Pope John Paul II states that Catholic social teaching is not a third way -- that is it's not a particular platform or ideology but rather a set of critical principles for informing political discourse in policy making"