Reflections on Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical Caritas in Veritate

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Reflections on Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical Caritas in Veritate


1. 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.

2. ZENIT - 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.

3.Father 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.

4. 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 always soul-destroying."

5. James 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 social progress."

6. Matthew 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."

7. ZENIT - 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.

8. John 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.

9. Cardinal 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 XVI.

10. ZENIT - 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.

11. Fr 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.

12. 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."

13. 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

14. Matthew 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 third Encyclical.

15. Fr 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.

17. Fr 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."

18. 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.