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Inhumanity – Caritatis in Veritate post 10

I expect that this will be my last post in my little series drawing from Pope Benedict’s final encyclical, Caritatis in Veritate. How can we be surprised by the indifference shown towards situations of human degradation, when such indifference extends

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Consumption and Social Responsibility

This is the ninth post in my occasional series of comments from and about Caritatis in Veritate, Pope Benedict’s final encyclical. It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral—and not simply economic—act. (§66) And therefore,

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Caritate in Veritatis Post 8 – culture is not tech

Benedict XVI has this to say about the relationship of technological and cultural development. In short: there isn’t any correlation. Technologically advanced societies must not confuse their own technological development with a presumed cultural superiority, but must rather rediscover within

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Caritate in Veritatis Post 7, on religious liberty

In his final encyclical, Benedict XVI has this to say about religious freedom: Religious freedom does not mean religious indifferentism, nor does it imply that all religions are equal. (§55) Saying such a thing sounds outlandish, maybe, to the modern

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It is not good to be alone – Caritatis in Veritate post 6

God says it is not good for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18). We need other people. We are social beings. We do not build villages and towns and cities merely from selfishness; we do so because we need each

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Caritatis in Veritate, Post 5: Duties and Rights

An overemphasis on rights leads to a disregard for duties. Duties set a limit on rights because they point to the anthropological and ethical framework of which rights are a part, in this way ensuring that they do not become

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Development for all, or the privileged few?

Many of us have alternately had a good laugh or got our dander up thanks to Limbaugh’s ludicrous assertion that Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation (n.b.: not encyclical; there is a difference) exposed the Pope as a “Marxist [sic]”. One of

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Caritatis in Veritate Post 4 – Profit and the Common Good

Once profit becomes the exclusive goal, if it is produced by improper means and without the common good as its ultimate end, it risks destroying wealth and creating poverty. [Caritatis in Veritate §21] It seems to me that Pope Benedict

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Caritatis in Veritate Post 3 – Justice, Charity, and the Common Good

This is the third post in my series drawn from Pope Benedict XVI’s final encyclical, Caritatis in Veritate. As I mentioned before this is my favorite of Benedict’s encyclicals, and if we are willing to learn I believe that he

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Benedict XVI quote of the day

If technical progress is not matched by corresponding progress in man’s ethical formation, in man’s inner growth (cf. Eph 3:16; 2 Cor 4:16), then it is not progress at all, but a threat for man and for the world. [Spe

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