Gaudium et Spes, The Church in the Modern World
Gaudium et Spes, Second Vatican Council, 1965
Vatican II’s The Church in the Modern World is seen by many to be the most important document in the Church’s social tradition. It announces the duty of the People of God to scrutinize the “signs of the times” in light of the Gospel. In doing so, it finds that change characterizes the world. These technological and social changes provide both wonderful opportunities and worrisome difficulties for the spread of the Gospel. The Church’s duty in the world is to work for the enhancement of human dignity and the common good.