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Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Benedict XVI

Charles E. Curran

Publication Year: 2014

Celebrated moral theologian Charles E. Curran examines and critiques Pope Benedict XVI's contribution to Catholic social teaching in this Georgetown Digital Short, available exclusively in this concise digital format. In his eight-year pontificate (2005-13) Pope Benedict XVI wrote two encyclicals that are significant for Catholic social teaching: Deus caritas est (God Is Love) in 2005, and Caritas in veritate (Charity In Truth) in 2009. Curran analyzes and compares the teaching proposed in these two encyclicals, given that these two documents reflect differing approaches. He explores presuppositions found in Caritas in veritate within the tradition of Catholic social teaching and discusses the theological, ethical, and ecclesial methodologies of the encyclical. Examining the substance and content of Caritas in veritate and its relationship to Catholic social teaching, Curran focuses on its approach to the person, political and civil society, and specific issues and topics. This is the first exploration of Pope Benedict XVI's impact on Catholic social teaching.

Published by: Georgetown University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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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...


E-ISBN-13: 9781626160590
E-ISBN-10: 1626160597

Publication Year: 2014