It’s been two and a half weeks since the pope’s encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” (“Charity in Truth”) was released and there has been plenty of commentary in the Catholic press. Here’s a sampling:
The encyclical “comes at a precarious moment for the world economy,” Chris Gunty, editor of The Catholic Review, wrote in the July 16 issue of Baltimore’s archdiocesan newspaper. “Everyone — from the most renowned economists to everyday Joe the plumbers — have ideas on how to fix this mess. Few have come at it from such a comprehensive position. Benedict’s solution is not just about numbers, because he acknowledges that at its root, it is not about numbers, but about people.”
The document is a long “meditation on the implications of Christian charity in today’s world without borders. The Christian truth has always been that human life originates and develops in the relationship of love. The crisis of our time happens to have an economic face, so the pope uses that lens for much of his focus,” wrote retired news editor Frank Wessling in the July 15 issue of the The Catholic Messenger, newspaper of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa.
In his column in the July 17 issue of his diocese’s newspaper, The Observer, Bishop Thomas G. Doran of Rockford, Ill., acknowledged the document is not easy to get through but said it still “bears some serious reading.” The pope “convincingly demonstrates that if we are more than merely cafeteria Catholics … we will have to read and ponder this encyclical in what remains of the summer and the fall, and even the winter too, to derive from it the fruit that it contains.”
Pope Benedict “offers a moral framework for economic life, a word of hope, a call to solidarity and a challenge to work together to build an economy which is founded on truth and charity. The task ahead of us is nothing less than a serious moral obligation,” Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Rapid City, S.D., writing in the July issue of his diocesan newspaper, West River Catholic.
In a July 16 editorial, The Rhode Island Catholic, newspaper of the Providence Diocese, tied the encyclical with pope’s visit July 10 with President Barack Obama, saying the pope presented in that meeting “the truth of Catholic teaching with clarity but also charity.” After their meeting at the Vatican and the release of the encyclical, the paper said, Obama “and his Catholic supporters would do well to remember the ‘Veritas’ part of ‘Charity in Truth.’”