Unofficial Synthesis of the
Encyclical Caritas in Veritate of His Holiness Benedict XVI
This is a synthesis, provided by the Holy See Press Office, 7
July 2009, of Pope Benedict XVI's third Encyclical,
Caritas in Veritate.
- Father O'Connell: Pope's Encyclical Both New and Ancient
Benedict XVI's Encyclical offers a unique vision by using
traditional principles to enlighten today's societal issues such as
globalization, the economy, technology and the environment. This is
affirmed by Vincentian Father David O'Connell, President of The Catholic
University of America, in an interview with ZENIT.
James V. Schall, S.J. - Encyclical Reconnects Rights and Duties -
Father Schall, professor of political philosophy at Georgetown
University, examines Caritas in Veritate, the social Encyclical
of Benedict XVI, for its bearing on temporal life. Yet right actions in
this world are largely determined by a right view of the next.
Gabriel Martinez - New Encyclical Reflects Common Sense
Dr Martinez, chair of the Economics Department at Ave Maria
University, reflects on how the Pope takes business ethics to a
transcendent level. "Action unmoored from the truth [that we are created
in the image of God, and that we are sinners] is ultimately wasteful and
Stoner - Encyclical Forces Catholics Out of the Bunker
A professor of political science at Louisiana State University
sees in Caritas in Veritate a call from Benedict XVI for
Catholics to engage the world, not only through evangelization, but
"through commitment to the cause of integral human development and
Bunson - Church Has One Social Doctrine
A senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, shows how
Benedict XVI's Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, follows the
tradition of the Church's social doctrine, while emphasizing that truth
and charity are not abstract concepts, but the "principal driving force
behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity."
- William Fahey: Encyclical Has Message for Catholic Universities
Benedict XVI's social encyclical Caritas in Veritate contains
lessons for all Christians, and not just those who are directly involved
in the fields of business and politics. So says Dr. William Fahey,
President of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, who spoke with ZENIT
about the Pope's third encyclical.
Zmirack - The Pope and Global Tyranny
Dr. John Zmirak, Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College, refutes the
notion that the Holy Father, in his Encyclical Caritas in Veritate,
advocates a world-state. Rather, the Pope recommends an international
organization to deal with problems of international concern that cannot
be dealt with by national governments.
Paul Joseph Cordes - On Caritas in Veritate
This is a Vatican translation of the address Cardinal Paul Josef
Cordes, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unam, gave 7 July
2009 at the press conference that marked the release of Benedict XVI's
Encyclical Caritas in Veritate. The Cardinal situates the
Encyclical within the context of the thought and magisterium of Benedict
- Riccardo Cascioli: Population Growth and the Encyclical
Caritas in Veritate proposes that population growth is needed to
bring the world out of the economic crisis. And the president of the
European Center for Studies on Population, the Environment and
Development agrees. ZENIT spoke with Riccardo Cascioli of CESPAS about
Benedict XVI's contribution to theories on demographics and the methods
to truly guarantee development.
Christopher Valka, CSB - Caritas in Veritate in Daily Life
Father Valka, of Salt and Light Television Network, Canada, parries
criticisms of the Papal Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, by
pointing out that it was written to provoke dialogue and raise questions
regarding the challenges of living the Gospel the modern age.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone - Many Dimensions of Humanism
In an address to the Italian Senate, 28 July 2009, Cardinal Bertone,
Secretary of State to the Vatican, highlighted important points in Pope
Benedict XVI's Encyclical, Veritas in Caritate, beginning with
the Holy Father's analysis of the words "love" and "truth."
ZENIT - Benedict XVI
and the Economy of Communion
People are searching for meaning in work, and Benedict XVI is pointing
the way, says an Economy of Communion member, John Mundell, the
president and founder of Mundell and Associates. In this interview with
ZENIT, he explained some reasons why Benedict XVI incorporated the
Economy of Communion, a growing worldwide business network, into his
encyclical, Caritas in Veritate.
Harrison - Reflection on Caritas in Veritate
A Producer of Canada's Salt and Light Catholic Television Network, draws
attention to Benedict XVI's vision of authentic human development in his
Paul-Anthony McGavin - Truth and Love as Gifts from God
Father McGavin, a priest of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn,
Australia, underlines the Holy Father's teaching, in Caritas in
Veritate, that there are objective "principles of ordering" in
economic, political, and social affairs, which cannot be ignored without
detriment to true human development.
16. Robert P.
Imbelli - On Caritas in Veritate
A professor of theology at Boston College points out that the Encyclical
Caritas in Veritate, while addressing a time of economic turmoil,
proposes solutions which are not merely economic, or even philosophical,
but mainly theological.
Paul-Anthony McGavin - Social Encyclicals and Social Sciences
Fr McGavin, a priest of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn,
Australia, distinguishes between the methodology of Pope Benedict XVI,
in his social Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, and the
methodology of social scientists. The Pope's methodology is essentially
theological, but as such it provides a powerful paradigm for action as
regards "integral human development."
Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach
- Beyond Social Doctrine
The writer, who is Vice-President of
Goldman Sachs International, praises the profundity of Caritas in
Veritate, for its address of all key issues of our time from a
Christ-centered, theological point of view.