Gaudium et Spes

This page organizes our section-by-section examination of Gaudium et Spes, the Vatican II Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Chapter headings are given below, and a very brief summary of each section.


Introductory Statement

Part One: The Church and Human Calling

Chapter I: The Dignity of the Human Person

Chapter II: The Community of Humankind

Chapter III: Human Activity Throughout The World

Chapter IV: The Role of the Church in the Modern World

Part Two: Some Problems of Special Urgency

Chapter I: Fostering the Nobility of Marriage and the Family

Chapter II: The Proper Development of Culture

Section 1: The Circumstances of Culture in the World Today

Section 2: Some Principles for the Proper Development of Culture

Section 3: Some More Urgent Duties of Christians in Regard to Culture

Chapter III: Economic and Social Life

Section 1: Economic Development

Section 2: Certain Principles Governing Socio-Economic Life as a Whole

Chapter IV: The Life of the Political Community

Chapter V: The Fostering of Peace and the Promotion of a Community of Nations

Section 1: The Avoidance of War

Section 2: Setting Up an International Community

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