Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Pope Benedtict's new encyclical: Caritas en Veritate

That's "Charity in Truth" in English, let's hope that those who read it are open to the Truth.
You can read it on the Vatican website.
Let me know what you think about it. Here's my favorite paragraph so far:
"Charity is at the heart of the Church's social doctrine. Every responsibility and every commitment spelt out by that doctrine is derived from charity which, according to the teaching of Jesus, is the synthesis of the entire Law (cf. Mt 22:36- 40). It gives real substance to the personal relationship with God and with neighbour; it is the principle not only of micro-relationships (with friends, with family members or within small groups) but also of macro-relationships (social, economic and political ones). For the Church, instructed by the Gospel, charity is everything because, as Saint John teaches (cf. 1 Jn 4:8, 16) and as I recalled in my first Encyclical Letter, “God is love” (Deus Caritas Est): everything has its origin in God's love, everything is shaped by it, everything is directed towards it. Love is God's greatest gift to humanity, it is his promise and our hope."

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Eileen said...

Let's hope he gives an autographed copy to Obama.

Leticia said...

With the prolife passages underlined!!
According to his arrogance today, he is greatly influenced by Catholic social teaching. His teacher was Fr Pflieger, so we can imagine what it was like!