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By Charles E. Curran

Celebrated ethical theologian Charles E. Curran examines and opinions Pope Benedict XVI’s contribution to Catholic social instructing during this Georgetown electronic brief, to be had solely during this concise electronic structure. In his eight-year hold forth (2005-13) Pope Benedict XVI wrote encyclicals which are major for Catholic social instructing: Deus caritas est (God Is Love) in 2005, and Caritas in veritate (Charity truthfully) in 2009. Curran analyzes and compares the instructing proposed in those encyclicals, on condition that those files mirror differing techniques. He explores presuppositions present in Caritas in veritate within the culture of Catholic social instructing and discusses the theological, moral, and ecclesial methodologies of the encyclical. interpreting the substance and content material of Caritas in veritate and its courting to Catholic social educating, Curran specializes in its method of the individual, political and civil society, and particular concerns and issues. this can be the 1st exploration of Pope Benedict XVI’s impression on Catholic social teaching.

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Christianity, the religion of the God “who has a human face,” contains these criteria within itself (no. 55, O–S, 565). Benedict recognizes the importance of freedom, but he links human freedom with the higher values of charity, fraternity, and truth (no. 73, O–S, 576). The truth sets us free; freedom must always be exercised responsibly. Dangers of unlimited freedom exist in many areas. Today’s international capital market offers great freedom of action. But there is an increasing awareness of the need for a greater social responsibility on the part of business.

The source for Heraclitus is a fragment published in a 1952 German book. The exact quote from Heraclitus is the phrase “a heap of scattered refuse,” which the encyclical uses to describe what human nature is not (no. 48, O–S, 559). Such a one-sided emphasis in the notes stands in tension with Benedict’s own call for dialogue with others, and it raises again the question of how the papal magisterium learns what it teaches. The third characteristic associated with the authoritative nature of papal social teaching that is common to Benedict and the earlier documents of papal social teaching concerns the way they are composed.

A Church that Can and Cannot Change: The Development of Catholic Moral Theology (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005). 18. Curran, Catholic Social Teaching, 63–65; see also Marie-Dominique Chenu, La “doctrine sociale” de l’Église comme idéologie (Paris: Cerf, 1979). 19. Curran, Catholic Social Teaching, 67–80. 20. , 80–85. 21. Richard R. Gaillardetz, Teaching with Authority: A Theology of the Magisterium in the Church (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1997); and Francis A. Sullivan, Magisterium: Teaching Authority in the Church (New York: Paulist, 1983).

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