Austen Ivereigh looks at Pope Benedict’s discussion in Caritas in veritate of the role of gift and gratuitousness in our society. Why are contractual relationships, on which economics and bureaucracy are based, not enough to fulfil our human needs? And what can a strong civil society, based on covenant, achieve for its citizens by emphasising relationships based on trust rather than exchange?
Michael Czerny SJ recounts the impression that Caritas in Veritate made on an HIV-positive mother in Nairobi, who has faced in her life many challenges to the ‘integral human development’ that the encyclical seeks to promote. How can Pope Benedict’s letter help Rosanna, not only through her reading and understanding of it, but through ours too?
To what extent does Pope Benedict, in Caritas in Veritate, address the global situation by commenting on policy rather than principles, and can the messages within magisterial literature be communicated to those who are used to debate rather than authoritative teaching?
Frank Turner SJ introduces the principles that run through 'Caritas in Veritate' and emerge from the consideration of 'love' and 'truth' in Pope Benedict XVI's theology.
Brendan MacPartlin SJ considers the vision delivered in Pope Benedict's third encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, which picks up on the themes of 'Populorum Progressio' to look at issues of development and social action: 'Charity in truth drives the authentic development of all persons.'
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