See this online text:
- “The Quest for Protection: The Role of International Organizations and NGOs in Surveying Human Rights Compliance”, by Christian Strohal (2009). Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
- This may also read as part of a larger work: Catholic Social Doctrine and Human Rights (Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Acta 15: Proceedings of the 15th Plenary Session, 1-5 May 2009), edited by Roland Minnerath, Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli, and Vittorio Possenti (Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2010). 630 pages. Available in PDF format on this page of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
- International Catholic Organizations & Catholic Inspired NGOs: Their Contribution to the Building of the International Community (The Caritas in Veritate Foundation, 2012). The Caritas In Veritate Foundation Working Papers: “The City of God in the Palace of Nations”. Available in PDF format on this page of the Caritas in Veritate Foundation.
- “Meet the New Generation of Catholic-Inspired NGOs”, by Terrence McKeegan, J.D., Inside the Vatican (April 2008): pp. 62 & 65-66. May be read online (on this page) at Catholic Culture.
- “New Challenges for Catholic-Inspired NGOs in Light of Caritas in Veritate”, by Jane Adolphe, The Catholic Social Science Review, vol. 16 (2011): pages 181-193. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Philosophy Documentation Center.
“[I]nternational discussions often seem marked by a relativistic logic which would consider as the sole guarantee of peaceful coexistence between peoples a refusal to admit the truth about man and his dignity, to say nothing of the possibility of an ethics based on recognition of the natural moral law… The bitter fruits of this relativistic logic are sadly evident: we think, for example, of the attempt to consider as human rights the consequences of certain self-centred lifestyles; a lack of concern for the economic and social needs of the poorer nations; contempt for humanitarian law, and a selective defence of human rights.
“It is my hope that your study and reflection during these days will result in more effective ways of making the Church’s social doctrine better known and accepted on the international level. I encourage you, then, to counter relativism creatively by presenting the great truths about man’s innate dignity and the rights which are derived from that dignity. This in turn will contribute to the forging of a more adequate response to the many issues being discussed today in the international forum. Above all, it will help to advance specific initiatives marked by a spirit of solidarity and freedom.”
(Pope Benedict XVI, Address at the Forum of Catholic-Inspired NGOs)