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Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Caritas in veritate

Pope Benedict's encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate is now published. I have downloaded it ready for reading later after a meeting about the Jubilee celebrations, Mass, and the Union of Catholic Mothers' Barbecue. (Here's how Fr Z was reading it earlier.) Oh, well, just one quotation:
It is not a case of two typologies of social doctrine, one pre-conciliar and one post-conciliar, differing from one another: on the contrary, there is a single teaching, consistent and at the same time ever new. It is one thing to draw attention to the particular characteristics of one Encyclical or another, of the teaching of one Pope or another, but quite another to lose sight of the coherence of the overall doctrinal corpus. Coherence does not mean a closed system: on the contrary, it means dynamic faithfulness to a light received.
Some useful links:

Text of the encyclical

Various e-book formats prepared by the Curt Jester

Order a printed copy from the CTS (£2.95)

Vatican Press conference with speeches (in Italian)

News item at Vatican Information Service (summary of the Press Conference)

Summary from Vatican Information Service

Some instant commentary:

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Catholic News Service

John Allen ("something for both left and right to cheer in Caritas in Veritate, and something for them to be grumpy about.")

George Wiegel ("an encyclical that resembles a duck-billed platypus.") Eh?!

and finally ...
A Word Cloud for the encyclical
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