Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Tony Magliano

6/19/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Catholic social teaching is unfortunately the church's best kept secret.

Pope Benedict signs a bound copy of his encyclical.

Pope Benedict signs a bound copy of his encyclical.

Highlights

By Tony Magliano

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/19/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Christ, social justice, peace, economic disparity, economic injustice, Catholic social teaching, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, love in truth


But because it directly addresses the world's most pressing social justice and peace issues, Catholic social teaching instead needs to come out of hiding and be discovered, read, preached, proclaimed and lived in our parishes, schools, universities, media, homes and society.

Five years ago, a very valuable contribution to Catholic social teaching was given to the church and world by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

His encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate ("Charity in Truth") was given a respectful but short hearing, and then put on the shelf to gather dust.

READ CARITAS IN VERITATE HERE

Let's shake off five years of dust, and really begin to appreciate this gem.

Foundational to all just solutions to the world's ills is unconditional love. And as our retired Holy Father wrote, "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."

Benedict insists that authentic charity or love needs the assistance of truth. "Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way," he wrote.

He taught that the truth contained in the values of Christianity, are "essential for building a good society and for true integral human development."

He emphasized "the truth of Christ's love in society." And added, that "Development, social well being, the search for a satisfactory solution to the grave socio-economic problems besetting humanity, all need this truth. .

"Without truth, without trust and love for what is true, there is no social conscience and responsibility, and social action ends up serving private interests and the logic of power, resulting in social fragmentation, especially in a globalized society at difficult times like the present."

Pope Emeritus Benedict's insights are right on the mark.

Because the quest for love, a love influenced by truth, is not on the agenda of so many individuals - especially so many individuals who hold political and corporate power - social action is indeed largely serving private interests and the logic of power.

Just consider how income and wealth over the last 30 years have dramatically increased for a tiny percentage of the population, while the working-class' share of the economic pie has stagnated, and various programs to assist the poor have significantly been cut.     

While some claim that the Great Recession is over, that claim is of no consolation to countless human beings who are struggling with poverty, hunger, homelessness, unemployment and underemployment. And all of this painful injustice continues while corporate profits are at or near all time highs, and CEO's are racking in astronomical salaries.

A greedy, unjust toxic economic atmosphere is suffocating countless brothers and sisters. Social conscience and responsibility are not in the air. 

Although the atmosphere is foul, as disciples of the Lord we are called to be men and women of hope.

For just as air pollution can be reversed, so too, economic pollution can be cleaned up. As Christians, we have the ultimate remedy: the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

For as our retired Holy Father wrote: "The Gospel is fundamental for development, because in the Gospel, Christ, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals humanity to itself."

Christ became human to show us what true humanity should reflect: Divine Love and Absolute Truth.

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist.

Invite Tony to speak at your next diocesan or parish gathering.

In his challenging keynote address "Advancing the Kingdom of God in the 21st Century," Tony clearly explains how prayerful reflection upon the ancient teachings of the Gospel and the modern principles of Catholic social teaching can effectively guide a consistent, logical and life-affirming approach to the moral issues - everything from abortion to war - facing humanity in the 21st century.

Tony's enthusiastic, informative and inspiring presentation has been well received by diocesan gatherings from Salt Lake City to Baltimore.

To invite Tony, email him at tmag@zoominternet.net

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Living Faith

NEW QUESTIONS! Take the Saints Trivia Quiz now! (Answers included)

Image of How did you do on your quiz? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Here are the answers to the Saints Trivia Quiz! IMPORTANT: If you haven't yet taken the quiz, don't scroll down. Instead, click the button below and complete your quiz. See how you do and let us know in the comments below![media id="18807"] Question 1: What saint was ... continue reading


NEW QUESTIONS! Here's the answers to our Bible Trivia quiz!

Image of Comment on our Bible quiz below!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Our Bible Trivia Quiz was put together to give you a quick, fun challenge. Remember to challenge your friends and family. If you enjoyed this quiz, let us know in the comments below and we'll make more for you!IMPORTANT: If you haven't taken the quiz yet, don't scroll ... continue reading


Exorcisms are on the rise. Here are some things you didn't know about exorcism and demonic posession Watch

Image of Father Gabriele Amorth is a trained exorcist.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Exorcists are needed more than ever as more people experiment with atheism and sin. This is the warning from two of America's most in-demand exorcists. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Two American priests and trained exorcists, Fr. Gary Thomas, and Fr. Vincent ... continue reading


What every Catholic should add to their morning routine Watch

Image of What will you pray for?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Everyone has a daily routine but many overlook the one simple thing they can do to change the atmosphere around them. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Bible tells us the Lord hears our prayers (Jeremiah 29:12).Most of us pray every single day to the saints, to ... continue reading


WELFARE: Should Catholics support welfare programs? Watch

Image of Welfare is an essential lifeline for millions of people, most who work full time or more than one job.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Welfare is a divisive issue in America, widely identified with the liberal left. Catholics, many of whom identify as conservative, are opposed to over-generous welfare compensation. There is a widespread belief that welfare is a bad thing, that it is a gateway to ... continue reading


Pope Francis claims war is the result of 'arrogant' abuse of power Watch

Image of Pope Francis blames war on

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

In a passionate speech on Thursday, Pope Francis condemned as arrogant the mentality of revenge and the abuses of power that lead to violent conflicts. Vatican City, Rome (CNA/EWTN News) - "Violence begets violence, and we have the impression of being caught up in a ... continue reading


NEW QUESTIONS! Don't miss out on the Prayer Trivia Quiz!

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Here are the answers to our prayers quiz. CAREFUL! If you have not taken this quiz, click the button below to take it for yourself. [media id="18805"]Come back here to check your answers. Good luck! Question 1: True or False? In order for a prayer to be considered a ... continue reading


What is an Archangel? Watch

Image of The three Archangels mentioned in the Bible are Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

What is an archangel? This is a common question. Simply put, an archangel is an angel of high rank. Three are mentioned in the Bible. Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael. The Archangels are offices of high stature in heaven. These three angels mentioned in ... continue reading


Celebrate St. Michael the Archangel's feast day at one of his beautiful shrines Watch

Image of Celebrate St. Michael's feast day by visiting one of his most magnificent shrines.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

St. Michael's feast day is September 29 - so what are you doing to celebrate? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - St. Michael the Archangel is the leader of all angels in the army of God.He is the patron saint of soldiers, doctors, mariners, grocers, paratroopers, ... continue reading


The homeless embark on pilgrimage to meet Pope Francis Watch

Image of Pope Francis always has time for the poor, the broken and the homeless.

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News)

Tanya Cangelosi never imagined that she would one day be bringing homeless people on pilgrimages to Rome. And Shyla Montoya never thought that she would someday go on a pilgrimage to Rome. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - But earlier this month, that is exactly ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
1 Then from the heart of the tempest Yahweh gave Job his answer. He ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14
1 [For the choirmaster Of David Psalm] Yahweh, you examine me and know ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:13-16
13 'Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 30th, 2016 Image

St. Jerome
September 30: St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous ... Read More