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Centesimus Annus: On the Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum

(Encyclicals of Pope John Paul II)

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Pope John Paul II issued this encyclical to reflect on the concerns of the working class 100 years after the first encyclical on this topic. Sections Include: Introduction I: Characteristics of Rerum Novarum II: Towards the "New Things" Of Today III: The Year 1989 IV: Private Property And The Universal Destination Of Material Goods V: State And Culture VI: Man Is The Way O ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Pauline Books & Media (first published May 1st 1991)
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May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The denial of God deprives the person of his foundation, and consequently leads to a reorganization of the social order without reference to the person's dignity and responsibility.

This is an essay by John Paul II on mankind and the dignity and necessity of work, on the 100-year anniversary of Pope Leo XII’s 1991 Rerum Novarum.

One thing it does is put G.K. Chesterton’s viewpoints on the same subject, and on socialism and capitalism, in a much better context. Their capitalism is a sort of brother
"There is a reasonable hope that the many people who profess no religion will also contribute to providing the social question with the necessary ethical foundation...I also addressed an appeal to the Christian Churches and to all the great world religions, inviting them to offer the unanimous witness of our common convictions regarding the dignity of man, created by God. In fact I am convinced that the various religions, now and in the future, will have a preeminent role in preserving peace and ...more
Dcn. Jedidiah Tritle
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great expose on the social issues of the day, on the hundredth anniversary of Rerum Novarum's publication (the "first" social encyclical of the modern era).
Collette BP
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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'As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism'

As relevant today as it was in 1991.
A look back at Rerum Novarum : here, Pope John Paul II writes that capitalists shouldn't get overconfident after the fall of the Soviet Union. The pope doesn't mention labor unions as much as Pope Leo XIII did in the original. Instead, the Church admits that capitalism is a great wealth-generation machine, but cautions that man (not wealth) should be at the center of society, in order to keep up a healthy and moral culture.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Obviamente no es una lectura divertida, pero sí muy reveladora. La concepción de Juan Pablo II sobre la participación de la ciudadanía y la dinámica politico-económica es reveladora, aún en esta época. Le da fondo personal a todos estos diferentes procesos sociales que llevamos cargando por años (ya sea de aires capitalistas o socialistas), y un enfoque complementario. Me gustó, está para releerse. :D
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is a masterful work which lays out the balance between the individual's freedom and obligation to support themselves and their responsibility to balance work life, family life and rest time. John Paul II took plenty of time studying the concepts of economics so to make a more complete critique of economics from the perspective of Catholic Theology and it shows in this work. One of the best works on economics and morality I have ever read.
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Catholic Church's Social Doctrine. On the hundred years of Rerum Novarum.
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we're gonna have to actually redact this one going forward.

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Saint Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła was elected Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years.

Driven by his pastoral solic

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