Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Introduction

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pp. 1-2

This volume discusses Catholic social teaching and Pope Benedict XVI’s contribution to this teaching. The term “Catholic social teaching” has come to refer to the teachings of the papal and hierarchical magisterium of the Catholic Church, beginning with Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical.1 There is...

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Chapter 1: A Comparison: Deus caritas est and Caritas in veritate

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pp. 3-13

Although Deus caritas est does not belong to the documents of Catholic social teaching, it overlaps somewhat, especially in its treatment of the social mission of the Church. Signifi cant diff erences, however, exist between Deus caritas est and Caritas in veritate. This chapter considers the...

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Chapter 2: Methodological Considerations

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pp. 14-45

This volume develops in some depth the methodological approaches found in Caritas in veritate. This chapter focuses on three different methodological aspects—the theological, the ethical, and the ecclesial...

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Chapter 3: Substance and Content of Caritas in veritate

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pp. 46-63

Whereas the previous chapter analyzed the methodology of Caritas in veritate, this chapter examines the substance and content of the encyclical in three sections—the understanding of person, of society, and of the more concrete realities of development, the economy, ecology, and technology...

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Conclusion

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pp. 64-67

Catholic social teaching has been in existence for almost 125 years since Pope Leo XIII issued the encyclical Rerum novarum in 1891. Subsequent popes have continued the tradition of issuing encyclicals, which has become a most important part of Catholic self-understanding. Many have wished...