Tuesday, July 7, 2009

'Caritas in Veritate' (Love in Truth): New Encyclical in the News, With Link to Vatican Document

The new encyclical, 'Caritas in Veritate' (Love in Truth) 'obviously' validates liberal views: it calls for 'redistribution of wealth.'

The new encyclical, 'Caritas in Veritate' (Love in Truth) is 'obviously' validates conservative views: it contains a 'call to reform the United Nations.'

"Obvious?" Only if You Don't Read the Whole Letter

The point is, 'Caritas in Veritate' (Love in Truth) is not an expression of liberal thought, it is not an expression of conservative thought, and it isn't an expression of moderate thought. It's part of the teaching of the Catholic Church: an institution which was around when the Roman Empire ceased to exist, and which may very well be around when today's "conservative" and "liberal" labels are as well-known as "populares" and "optimates" are today.

Knights of Columbus Leader: Don't Politicize Love in Truth

"The head of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, has responded to Pope Benedict’s newly-released encyclical, 'Caritas in Veritate' (Love in Truth), by denouncing attempts to use it to further political agendas rather than viewing it from the Church’s comprehensive understanding of the human person.

In an interview with CNA on Tuesday morning, Carl Anderson, leader of the world’s largest lay Catholic organization, decried the 'spin masters who will try to spin the encyclical in one direction or the other' and emphasized that 'the Catholic reader should read the encyclical in its entirety' in order to understand the underlying ethical and anthropological foundations that guide it....

Here's an Idea: Read Love in Truth Yourself

This will involve a little more work than listening to what CNN or CBS News has to say about the encyclical, or reading about it in Time or Newsweek. I think it'll be worth the effort though: Read the Pope's letter yourself! It's addressed "to the Bishops Priests and Deacons, Men and Women Religious, the Lay Faithful, and All People of Good Will, on Integral Human Development, in Charity and Truth". My guess is that, particularly if you're reading this post, you're in at least one of those categories.

I've put another link to 'Caritas in Veritate' (Love in Truth) at the bottom of this post, under "Background." The paragraphs are a bit on the long side, but I think you'll find it quite readable. Remember: this letter is addressed to you. I think it's better to find out what it says yourself, than read what someone else thinks it should say.

Here's a sample from 'Caritas in Veritate' (Love in Truth):

"1. Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace. It is a force that has its origin in God, Eternal Love and Absolute Truth. Each person finds his good by adherence to God's plan for him, in order to realize it fully: in this plan, he finds his truth, and through adherence to this truth he becomes free (cf. Jn 8:22). To defend the truth, to articulate it with humility and conviction, and to bear witness to it in life are therefore exacting and indispensable forms of charity. Charity, in fact, 'rejoices in the truth' (1 Cor 13:6). All people feel the interior impulse to love authentically: love and truth never abandon them completely, because these are the vocation planted by God in the heart and mind of every human person. The search for love and truth is purified and liberated by Jesus Christ from the impoverishment that our humanity brings to it, and he reveals to us in all its fullness the initiative of love and the plan for true life that God has prepared for us. In Christ, charity in truth becomes the Face of his Person, a vocation for us to love our brothers and sisters in the truth of his plan. Indeed, he himself is the Truth (cf. Jn 14:6)...."
(Caritas in Veritate)
Me? It's getting late in my time zone, but I'll be spending a few minutes with 'Caritas in Veritate' (Love in Truth) tonight: and pick up where I left off, tomorrow.

Related post: In the news: Background:
  • "Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate, of the Supreme Pontiff
    Benedict XVI, The Vatican (June 29, 2009)
    • Don't worry: this link is to the English-language translation.

Links to other posts about my study of Caritas in Veritate:
A tip of the hat to catholicism and jagKnight, both on Twitter, for drawing attention to the Catholic News Service article.

No comments:

Like it? Pin it, Plus it, - - -

Pinterest: My Stuff, and More


Unique, innovative candles

Visit us online:
Spiral Light CandleFind a Retailer
Spiral Light Candle Store

Popular Posts

Label Cloud

1277 abortion ADD ADHD-Inattentive Adoration Chapel Advent Afghanistan Africa America Amoris Laetitia angels animals annulment Annunciation anti-catholicism Antichrist apocalyptic ideas apparitions archaeology architecture Arianism art Asperger syndrome assumptions asteroid astronomy Australia authority balance and moderation baptism being Catholic beliefs bias Bible Bible and Catechism bioethics biology blogs brain Brazil business Canada capital punishment Caritas in Veritate Catechism Catholic Church Catholic counter-culture Catholicism change happens charisms charity Chile China Christianity Christmas citizenship climate change climatology cloning comets common good common sense Communion community compassion confirmation conscience conversion Corpus Christi cosmology creation credibility crime crucifix Crucifixion Cuba culture dance dark night of the soul death depression designer babies despair detachment devotion discipline disease diversity divination Divine Mercy divorce Docetism domestic church dualism duty Easter economics education elections emotions England entertainment environmental issues Epiphany Establishment Clause ethics ethnicity Eucharist eugenics Europe evangelizing evolution exobiology exoplanets exorcism extremophiles faith faith and works family Father's Day Faust Faustus fear of the Lord fiction Final Judgment First Amendment forgiveness Fortnight For Freedom free will freedom fun genetics genocide geoengineering geology getting a grip global Gnosticism God God's will good judgment government gratitude great commission guest post guilt Haiti Halloween happiness hate health Heaven Hell HHS hierarchy history holidays Holy Family Holy See Holy Spirit holy water home schooling hope humility humor hypocrisy idolatry image of God images Immaculate Conception immigrants in the news Incarnation Independence Day India information technology Internet Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Japan Jesus John Paul II joy just war justice Kansas Kenya Knights of Columbus knowledge Korea language Last Judgment last things law learning Lent Lenten Chaplet life issues love magi magic Magisterium Manichaeism marriage martyrs Mary Mass materialism media medicine meditation Memorial Day mercy meteor meteorology Mexico Minnesota miracles Missouri moderation modesty Monophysitism Mother Teresa of Calcutta Mother's Day movies music Muslims myth natural law neighbor Nestorianism New Year's Eve New Zealand news Nietzsche obedience Oceania organization original sin paleontology parish Parousia penance penitence Pentecost Philippines physical disability physics pilgrimage politics Pope Pope in Germany 2011 population growth positive law poverty prayer predestination presumption pride priests prophets prostitution Providence Purgatory purpose quantum entanglement quotes reason redemption reflections relics religion religious freedom repentance Resurrection robots Roman Missal Third Edition rosaries rules sacramentals Sacraments Saints salvation schools science secondary causes SETI sex shrines sin slavery social justice solar planets soul South Sudan space aliens space exploration Spain spirituality stem cell research stereotypes stewardship stories storm Sudan suicide Sunday obligation superstition symbols technology temptation terraforming the establishment the human condition tolerance Tradition traffic Transfiguration Transubstantiation travel Trinity trust truth uncertainty United Kingdom universal destination of goods vacation Vatican Vatican II veneration vengeance Veterans Day videos virtue vlog vocations voting war warp drive theory wealth weather wisdom within reason work worship writing

Marian Apparition: Champion, Wisconsin

Background:Posts in this blog: In the news:

What's That Doing in a Nice Catholic Blog?

From time to time, a service that I use will display links to - odd - services and retailers.

I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.