May 30, 2011

Catholics are looking for guidance and a larger voice from the Vatican on ethical principles for the world of finance and the environment, said some participants in a Vatican meeting on social justice.

"The biggest weakness is that many Catholics are not even aware of the Church's social teaching," said Margaret Garding, a member of the Church's justice and peace commission in Sweden.

There is also a large gap between what the Church teaches and the implementation of those teachings, she told Catholic News Service May 17.

"There are plenty of beautiful policies and decisions, but how do we do it?"

How do regular Catholics integrate their faith's values and principles into their daily lives? Garding asked.