Charity in Truth: Caritas in Veritate
I am troubled by the fact that it almost escaped my notice; it seems that many faithful Catholics in the USA are so enamored with capitalism as to be put off by any criticisms of it (as are always found in Catholic social teaching). But the Church never condemns the legitimacy of private property. The Church *does* condemn socialism outright. What the Church r ...more
'Intelligence and love are not in separate compartments: love is rich in intelligence and intelligence is full of love. ...more
I've already read all the encyclicals by Benedict. And this is the one I liked the most, along with Deus Caritas Est.
I've been looking forward to reading Benedict's third encyclical, Charity in Truth. I've enjoyed his writing in the previous encyclicals--clear, simple, and encouraging. As I began this one, I enjoyed it just as much. I so agree with Benedict's statements that development must be grounded in the foundation of truth and love that originates from God. I've seen in my experience that simply putting money into development projects is nearly useless in bringing about long-lasting change. I wondered w...more
The justice spoken of here is not retributive justice, but distributive justice - giving each their due and treaing no one unfairly. Fair distribution is the heart of the Pope's new encyclical. In essence, Popel Benedict' ...more
Now, for the good stuff: This papal encyclical contained some very valuable and insightful truths into the development of global economy in our time and the role of religion, truth, and charity amidst it all.
"investment always has moral, as well as economic significance."
"While the poor of the world continue kno ...more
The style is very much like Augustine, Aquinas, second generation Marxists and some American conservatives who build their legitimacy on reference to canonical texts, Scripture, Marx, ...more
At times hipocritcal, (all cultures are good, but only the Christian Church will bring you light?) and ill-fitted for modern era (comparing family planing and contraceptives to sins etcaetra.)
Like I said, I get his point. Some of it. More moral education, a subsdiary world government, I'm sorry but none of this is pragmatic enough to come into realization by anything else than a miracle. But I don't ag ...more
Some great quotes:
"...Rights presuppose duties, if they are not to become mere license." (48)
"Man is not a lost atom in a random universe; he is Gods creature, whom God chose to endow with a mortal soul and whom he has always loved.
Deeds without knowledge are blind, and knowledge without love is sterile."
"It must be remembered that the market doesn't exist on a pure state. It is shaped but the cultural configu ...more
This book awakens in my mind an understanding of freedom and of brotherhood like ...more
Benedict continues in the tradition of the Church, underscoring that technocratic solutions will ultimately fail without proper human stewardship, and that capitalism -- as a system -- only has merit insofar as it is conducted by morally good actors.
The Acton Institute has a pretty good review:
CARITAS IN VERITATE is a clear-sighted example of faith and reason working together. In fact, I'd say it is in itself an example of truth spoken in charity...global in scope, touching on everything from technology to the economy to politics and society, yet deeply human and rooted in genuine faith. The writings of Pope Benedict XVI never fail to teach and inspire ...more
The Pope help us focus on the real problems of our world and give us some very interesting answers.
It will be wonderful if more men were willing to hear him and act.
I recommend it to anyone who wish to understand better how the world could be a better place ti live.
I believe the things Joseph Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT VI) says about the state of our world and the disrespect people for all of God's creation. He is correct in saying that there is Love in Truth and that God is unconditionally loving.