Gold Standard Encyclicals
Year
Issued
Latin Title
English Translation
Subject and Key TopicseBook Link
1891Rerum Novarum
"Of Revolutionary Change"
The first and most definitive Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. The need for equity as it relates to capital and labor; the Catholic's perspective on socialism and communism.

Topics:

Social Teaching SocialismCapital and Labor
Labor LawsUnions
1907Pascendi Dominici Gregis
"Feeding the Lord's Flock"
Definitive teaching and pronouncements on the evils of Modernism - VERY applicable to today's situation. Landmark statement and wisely foretelling of the horrors to be visited on Christ's Holy Church should the errors of Modernism continue to propagate in the world - this Encyclical could easily have been written for post Vatican II times - A MUST read for anyone interested in understanding the truth regarding the mistakes of attempting to "modernize" the Roman Catholic Church.

Topics:

ModernismProgressivismFalse Reform
Supernatural ExistenceScience and Faith
1928Mortalium Animos
"Minds of Men"
Ecumenism/Christian Unity and the Roman Catholic Church. On Religious Unity and the dangers and challenges of "Ecumenism" with non-Catholic Christian religions.

Topics:

One True Holy and Apostolic ChurchPapal AuthorityProtestantism
False EcumensimReal Truths
1943Mystici Corporis Christi
"The Mystical Body of Christ"
The Catholic Church as the "Mystical Body of Christ". A thorough definition and explanation of the Catholic Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.

Topics:

Holy SpiritPriest BishopsBlessed Mother Mary
Roman Catholic ChurchSalvationRedemption
1956Haurietis Aquas
"Draw Waters"
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Detailed treatise/explanation of the importance and value of worshipping the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Encyclical touches on many of the key doctrines of Jesus Christ as both God and man.

Topics:

Divine GraceRedemptionHypostatic Union
Divinity of ChristReal Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
1993Veritatis Splendor
"The Splendor of Truth"
Real truth and it "objective" rooting in God.

Topics:

Moral Authority of ChurchNatural LawFundamental Option
Sin
1995Evangelium Vitae
"The Gospel of Life"
The meaning and value of human life. The Catholic understanding of life from conception to natural death and the "culture of death" prevalent in today's culture which seeks to undermine God's Will of life.

Topics:

MurderAbortionEuthanasia
Capital PunishmentPoor Working Conditions