Monday, June 29, 2009

Pope Benedict releases new encyclical today: "Caritas in Veritate"

The upcoming social encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI "Caritas in veritate" - Charity in truth - will bear the date of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, but will likely become public on July 6 or 7, the Italian daily Corriere della Sera said on Saturday.
Interestingly, the encyclical which deals with world poverty and human dignity will not favor either the liberal or conservative camps, as both Pope Paul VI's Humanae Vitae and Populorum progressio,which decrys the poverty of the Third World, are quoted. This is as it should be, we follow the teachings of Christ, who has no political party. There is no completely comfortable political home for Catholics; we are perpetually a "sign of contradiction".
Rather than taking sides, the encyclical has it's "focus on “the charity of truth, which Jesus Christ has shown to us along his entire earthly life and, above all, with His death and resurrection, is the main resource at the service of the true development of each individual human being and humanity as a whole.”
I look forward to reading this encyclical when it becomes available.
Read the entire story at CNS.

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