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Catholic Social Teaching and the Big Society

Sponsored by the Charles Plater Trust

**THIS PAGE REFERS TO A PAST RESEARCH PROJECT OF THE VHI AND MAY CONTAIN OUT OF DATE INFORMATION**

The Von Hügel Institute was awarded a grant by the Plater Trust to carry out research into the links between Catholic Social Teaching and the Big Society. The aim of this project is to analyse the ways in which Catholic Social Teaching can be seen to have influenced the development of the Big Society idea and project and also to evaluate how far the Big Society can be viewed as being compatible with Catholic Social Teaching. The project pays particular attention to the themes subsidiarity and solidarity, and will conclude with a conference in June 2012. Professor John Loughlin is the Principal Investigator for this project and is assisted by Peter Allott (Research Associate at the VHI) and Richard Crellin (Research Assistant).

The research findings have been published as a book launched at a meeting in the House of Lords on 24th April 2013. The Von Hugel Institute will also be using the findings of the research as material on a teaching course on CST for those in training for the permanent diaconate in the northern dioceses of England.

The report The UK Government's 'Big Society' Programme and Catholic Social Teaching is available to order online.

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