At CNS, we’re not above tooting our own horn when we have information no one else has reported. That’s definitely the case today with our story this morning that Pope Benedict XVI’s next encyclical has been completed and that it will be a meditation on Christian hope.
That, of course, contradicts the rumors that the next encyclical would be on economic issues and would declare tax evasion “socially unjust.” But why not? The subject of Pope Benedict’s first encyclical, on Christian love, surprised many observers who thought the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would address more hard-hitting doctrinal issues.
But what about the encyclical on social issues? Our story says that is the topic for the pope’s third encyclical. Stay tuned.