More posts about "Caritas in Veritate" (Charity in Truth)
"Caritas in Veritate"
"Caritas in Veritate"
I'm still in a part of "Caritas in Veritate" that's reviewing what Pope Paul VI had to say in "Populorum Progressio"(1967), and what's happened since then.
Maybe there have been eras when 45 years wouldn't make much of a difference: There might be a new king, and a new set of village elders, but life went on pretty much the way it 'always had.'
The span of 45 years between 1967 and 2012 wasn't like that. Not even close.
That was then
"The world that Paul VI had before him ... was still far less integrated than today's world. ... Production took place predominantly within national boundaries, and financial investments had somewhat limited circulation outside the country, ... politics of many States could still determine the priorities of the economy and to some degree govern its performance.... Hence Populorum Progressio assigned a central, albeit not exclusive, role to 'public authorities'.Getting slightly off-topic, this is a presidential election year in America. Someone's probably going to try convincing folks that we can go back to the 'good old days,' when Americans could pretend that the world ended at this country's borders. In my considered opinion, that was a really bad idea back in 1967: and is simply daft today.
("Caritas in Veritate," 24)
The world's bigger than the street I see outside my window, and what happens 'out there' affects me. That's not a bad thing - just a reality that we'll either accept, or be forced to accept by circumstances.
"...In our own day, the State finds itself having to address the limitations to its sovereignty imposed by the new context of international trade and finance, which is characterized by increasing mobility both of financial capital and means of production, material and immaterial. This new context has altered the political power of States.No kidding: the Pope wrote about re-evaluating how governments work, and how folks can make things work better.
"Today, ... it seems more realistic to re-evaluate their role and their [public authorities'] powers, which need to be prudently reviewed and remodelled so as to enable them, perhaps through new forms of engagement, to address the challenges of today's world. ... one could foresee an increase in the new forms of political participation, nationally and internationally, that have come about through the activity of organizations operating in civil society; in this way it is to be hoped that the citizens' interest and participation in the res publica will become more deeply rooted."
("Caritas in Veritate," 24) [emphasis mine]
Working for a Better WorldI think one reason some folks are convinced that the Catholic Church is run by hidebound, reactionary, obstinate, preservers of the status quo is that the Church won't change some basic policies. Like saying that evil isn't nice, and we shouldn't do it.
The Church also hasn't been run by folks who think something is a good idea merely because it's a new idea - and that's almost another topic.
I've been over this sort of thing before:
- "Hope, Joy, and Working for a Better World"
(September 13, 2011)
This world isn't like that. Not even close.
As a practicing Catholic, I can't just shrug my shoulders and figure that 'the government' will take care of whatever issues we've got. I've been over this before, too:
- We've got a mandate to make society better
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1928-1942)
- We're supposed to "contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom"
- Religious freedom is a must
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2104-2109)
- For everybody
- For everybody
- "Upset Applecarts: A Hopeful Sign"
(March 5, 2012)
- "South Sudan, the Táin Bó Cúalnge, and Working for a Better World"
(January 6, 2012)
- "9/11, Just War, and 'Death to Mickey Mouse' "
(September 11, 2011)
- "America's Economy Isn't Doomed?!"
(August 10, 2011)
- " 'I Take No Interest in Politics' isn't an Option"
(March 29, 2010)
- "Caritas in veritate - Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI"
Pope Benedict XVI (English translation) (June 29, 2009)
- "Populorum Progressio"
Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the Development of Peoples (March 26, 1967)