Ethics and Community
The Roman Catholic Church is highly organized, with local parishes as its building blocks and a central government in the Vatican. Roman Catholics are defined as those who are in communion with the pope.
The Roman Catholic clergy is comprised of the sacramental roles of deacons, priests, and bishops, with administrative roles extending up to the pope as leader of the world's Catholics. The magisterium is the Church's teaching authority.
Principles of Moral Thought and Structure
Moral thought begins in the conscience informed by natural law. The Ten Commandments and Jesus' life are the foundations for Catholic moral action, which has resulted in the Church's strong social teachings.
Vision for Society
Though Catholics previously envisioned a society in which all people would be Catholic, today they celebrate society's diversity. All of society should be organized around the principle of human dignity.
Gender and Sexuality
Women are excluded from clerical orders in the Roman Catholic Church, although many call for this to change. Catholics have a conservative and sacred view of human sexuality.