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Text of the encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate”

posted by David Gibson

Here, in an easily searched version. Analysis and excerpts to come.

ENCYCLICAL LETTER
CARITAS IN VERITATE
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
BENEDICT XVI
TO THE BISHOPS
PRIESTS AND DEACONS
MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS
THE LAY FAITHFUL
AND ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL
ON INTEGRAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
IN CHARITY AND TRUTH

 INTRODUCTION

1. Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. 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. Each person finds his good by adherence to God’s plan for him, in order to realize it fully: in this plan, he finds his truth, and through adherence to this truth he becomes free (cf. Jn 8:22). To defend the truth, to articulate it with humility and conviction, and to bear witness to it in life are therefore exacting and indispensable forms of charity. Charity, in fact, “rejoices in the truth” (1 Cor 13:6). All people feel the interior impulse to love authentically: love and truth never abandon them completely, because these are the vocation planted by God in the heart and mind of every human person. The search for love and truth is purified and liberated by Jesus Christ from the impoverishment that our humanity brings to it, and he reveals to us in all its fullness the initiative of love and the plan for true life that God has prepared for us. In Christ, charity in truth becomes the Face of his Person, a vocation for us to love our brothers and sisters in the truth of his plan. Indeed, he himself is the Truth (cf. Jn 14:6).

2. Charity is at the heart of the Church’s social doctrine…

Read it all at the Vatican site in English



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Rebecca

posted July 7, 2009 at 2:58 pm


I don’t want to read this Encyclical.
You read it.
I don’t like this pope.
Why is he so politico-christian?
he is not concerned with the Truth in Christ and His Cross
which is the only remedy to a World gone astray.
Only Christ’s Truth can bring things back to Order and Harmony,
here, in this World and in the Universe and the entire Cosmos.
I want the holy Archangel, St. Michael, to be our Pope.
Him I would listen to and obey,
because he is one and the same St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles,
and so -is- Prince of the Heavenly Host.
He is faithful and true
and deserves to wear the white robe of Supreme Pontiff
and the gem-studded Tiara.
St. Peter/St.Michael, same difference,
we all know this one’s loyalty to Christ -is- forever!
Wake up, People!
The Church has gone astray.
Let us pray for the Spirit of Christ
to bring it back onto the right path.
I remain,
Friend of Humanity
in Texas, USA



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Mareczku

posted July 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm


So you are saying that you want St. Michael the Archangel as Pope and St. Michael and St. Peter are one and the same. That is confusing to me.



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Cindy

posted July 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm


I think that’s a poem.



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ann

posted July 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm


that is very Christian of you Cindy…



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