Indiscretions concerning Benedict XVI’s Next Encyclical

Source: FSSPX News

The encyclical Caritas in veritate is supposedly divided into four or five chapters. In a first chapter, the teaching of the encyclicals Populorum Progressio by Paul VI (1967) and Sollicitudo rei socialis by John Paul II (1987) might be recalled.

The next chapters might underline the prophetical aspect of Populorum Progressio. But the essential part of Benedict XVI’s encyclical might be devoted to the Church’s viewpoint concerning the social changes which have occurred since Paul VI. The Pope’s analysis might deal with the problems of globalization, the necessity of reconciling social and economic development with the respect due to the human person.

Poverty, peace, international cooperation, disarmament, access to energy sources, respect of the environment, micro-credit might be the themes tackled in Benedict XVI’s first social encyclical.

The contents of the document was the subject of discussion during the cardinals’ meetings which preceded Benedict XVI’s election in April 2005. In March 2006, Cardinal Karl Lehmann, then president of the German Bishops’ Conference had publicly expressed the wish that the pope soon publish a social encyclical, for it had “become necessary to defend social economy of market.” Confronted with the “arrogance of neo-liberalism,” the Church had to take an official stand, according to the German cardinal. Similarly, the Honduran Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga had strongly desired that Benedict XVI publish a social encyclical, thinking that it was urgent to know “how we can manage to give an ethical dimension to economic life in the modern world.” (Sources: ANSA/Apic/Imedia)