By now, I’m sure you are aware of the fact that Pope Benedict XVI has issued a new encyclical – Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) – which deals with the economic crisis and related social issues.
Encyclicals are important to Catholics because we believe that God’s Revelation comes to us in Scripture and Tradition (the two being so closely related that we refer to them as a single deposit of faith). An encyclical is an example of the living Tradition of the Church: the teaching that comes to us from the Pope and bishops that is grounded in Scripture.
Anyway, this encyclical is a little heavier than Pope Benedict’s first two (Deus Caritas Est and Spe Salvi) simply because it deals with some very complex economic and social issues. I’ve pondered it for several days (I’m a very slow reader!) and with the help of resources like my friend Jim Campbell and Nick Wagner’s Team RCIA website, I’ve put together a summary of Caritas in Veritate in question and answer form to make some of its most salient points more accessible to the average pew person.
Feel free to use this in whatever way you see fit.
P.S. Thanks to all who have shared thoughts on Week 5 of our online catechist’s retreat! Come Monday, it’s on to Week 6!