The philosophy of the Bethlehem Project reflects the principles of Catholic social teaching.
Dignity of the Human Person
Each person possesses a basic dignity that comes from God. All persons are treated with respect, dignity and equality.
Community and the Common Good
The resources of the community need to be utilized for the common good.
Rights and Responsibilities
People have a fundamental right to life and to those things that make life truly human: food, clothing, housing, health care, security, education, social services, and employment. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities - to one another, to the family and to the larger society - to respect the rights of others and to work for the common good.
Option for the Poor
The needs of the poor and vulnerable are put first.
Dignity of Work
People have the right to decent and productive work, to decent and fair wages, to private property and economic initiative.