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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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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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Caritatis in Veritate Post 2 – Justice precedes charity

Love must not be confused with justice. Justice is that virtue by which we exercise a constant and firm will to give both God and our neighbors their due. It applies no less to governments than to individuals: we have

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