Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace. Each person finds his good by adherence to God's plan for him, in order to realize it fully: in this plan, he finds his truth, and through adherence to this truth he becomes free cf. Jn

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Most theologians hold that, while there is nothing to prevent an infallible definition of truth Joseph Fenton, American Ecclesiastical Review, In an encyclical-any encyclical-one finds statements of various levels of authority. It is not a simple question of whether "an encyclical is binding"…. In a social encyclical, one finds statements of general principles. These are the most authoritative.

One also finds various analyses of particular political, economic, and social situations. These usually involve judgments of a prudential sort that are not binding in either the de fide or authoritative sense.

They still merit respectful attention, as coming from the supreme earthly shepherd of the Church. Stephen M. Barr, First Things, July 9, Six Chapters Introduction. Kirk O. This handout is from a presentation he made to the Garfield Forum, Stanford University, February 5, Joseph Fenton, American Ecclesiastical Review, In an encyclical-any encyclical-one finds statements of various levels of authority. The Church does not offer technical solutions or interfere in politics, but cannot renounce its mission of truth.

The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church derives from the dynamic of love given and received through our relationship with God and our neighbor. Justice is inseparable from charity. Charity goes beyond justice, but never lacks justice. Promotion of the common good - of individuals, families, and groups in society - is a requirement.

Our understanding of the common good must be extend globally to the relations between peoples and nations. The chief challenge facing society today is that of globalization. We need to ensure that globalization does not damage the poor and the most vulnerable. Every economic decision has a moral consequence.

The economy needs ethics to function correctly. Those with wealth have a duty to share it with have-nots. We need to share goods and resources, not only technical progress. Corporations and businesses must recognize obligations beyond profit-maximization. Laissez-faire capitalism not consistent with Catholic social vision. Alternate forms of business should be encouraged. The test of any economy is how workers are treated. Global economic development requires mediating economic authorities to manage risk and build trust.

We need to recognize that the mobility of labor can produce significant benefits. The right to food and the right to water have an important place within the pursuit of other rights, beginning with the fundamental right to life. Strengths of Caritas in Veritate : Addressing encyclical to all people of good will Focus on economic ethics, obligations of wealthy elites. Endorsement of broad concept of integral human development introduced in Populorum Progressio. Focus on globalization and its effects Emphasis on movement of peoples immigration Strongest papal statement yet on environment Willingness to release it during debate over the worldwide recession Criticisms of Caritas in Veritate : Too many topics addressed.

Confusion of logic. Mostly addresses government policy, little to say to business owner or manager, or to consumer. Does not tap Catholic lay experience sufficiently. Written with European categories and concerns and examples. Not written to embrace ecumenical perspectives on the economy.


An Introduction to Caritas in Veritate

The synthesis highlights the main themes of the encyclical. Truth is necessary for development. In the second chapter, the Pope deals with Human development in our time. Corruption, he fears, is present in countries rich and poor; too often, multinational enterprises do not respect the rights of the workers. The Pope then turns his attention to the search, by rich countries, for areas in which to outsource production at low cost. On a cultural level, the possibility of interaction opens new perspectives of dialogue, but with a double danger.


Caritas in veritate English: "Charity in truth" is the third and last [1] encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI , and his first social encyclical. The encyclical is concerned with the problems of global development and progress towards the common good, arguing that both Love and Truth are essential elements of an effective response. The work is addressed to all strata of global society — there are specific points aimed at political leaders, business leaders, religious leaders, financiers, and aid agencies but the work as a whole is also addressed to all people of good will. Caritas in veritate contains detailed reflection on economic and social issues.

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