Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pope Benedict's 3rd Encyclical: Caritas in Veritate

(Hat tip: Custos Fidei)

Fr. Z reports:
The intrepid Marco Tosatti writes in the Italian daily La Stampa that the Pope’s third encyclical (his first "social" encyclical") will be entitled "Caritas in veritate... Charity in truth".

Here are the bullet points of Tosatti’s piece

  • The last social encyclical was Centesimus annus by John Paul II in 1991.
  • Since 1991 there have been many changes, including a speeding up of globalization.
  • The changes are not all positive.
  • Benedict will not spare the West from criticisms.
  • Benedict may take up John Paul II’s point that development must not be reduced simply to "economic growth" but must aim at the integral promotion of man in his completeness.
  • There may be especially harsh words about care for the environment and irresponsible use of resources.
  • There may be a call for greater austerity of life style.
  • The encyclical may come out after Easter, but recently Card. Bertone suggested perhaps this summer.
  • The delay might stem from the Italian political scene.
  • The first part might take up Populorum progressio and Centessimus annus. The second would analyze present conditions and issues and how the Church interacts with the world in their regard.
  • It may be around 70 pages, composed in 5 chapters.
  • It may have a connection with the Compendium of Social Doctrine, which must be updated after this encyclical is released.
  • The Pope is still working on the second volume of Jesus of Nazareth, which will come out after summer is over.
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