Daniel K. Finn

in The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949472 | DOI:

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Caritas in veritate is the “social encyclical” of Pope Benedict XVI, following in the footsteps of his predecessors from Leo XIII to John Paul II. Benedict presents both a detailed theological basis for the tradition of Catholic social thought and concrete treatment of various particular moral problems facing the world today. In his integration of a deep life of faith with a commitment to work to improve justice in the world, Pope Benedict reaffirms the Catholic tradition’s rejection of two limits on religious faith. Some limit faith to an internal, spiritual experience in a world where so many of the people of the Earth are unable to meet their basic needs. Others limit faith to a this-worldly zeal for humanizing life in a world where so many people fail to order earthly goals to our higher destiny of life with God. This introductory chapter describes the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and the symposium “Caritas in veritate and the United States”, which took place at the offices of the Pontifical Council in Rome, October 15–16, 2010. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Caritas in veritate; Pope Benedict XVI; Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies; Catholic social thought

Chapter.  2717 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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