The Pope to be heard on contemporary issues

Pope Benedict XVI will release a new encyclical letter entitled “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity in Truth) concerning social issues.  It is said to deal with issues such as globalization, the food crisis and climate change. It is definitely time to address these issues, both for the world and for the Catholic Church, who is in danger of losing ground in the developing world to Protestantism and Islam.


What Pope Benedict XVI has to say will be intriguing. He has taken a stance against excessive consumerism in the past, especially in children. In January 2008, he spoke on the themes that are expected to be in “Caritas in Veritate.”

There is a need for greater hope, one that permits a preference for the common good instead of luxury for a few and misery for the many.

It will definitely be a message that the world needs to hear. Whether this progressive pontiff will influence anyone other than the devout, remains to be seen.


2 Responses

  1. I think this message will get the most attention from the “less devout” Catholics in America and Canada, where there is considerable disagreement between the laity and the church’s official positions on sexual issues like abortion and birth control. At least anecdotally, I can say that I’ve heard far more from Catholic ministers in America about social issues (feeding the poor, healing the sick, etc.) than the touchier subjects that priests in Ireland or Portugal might stress.

    Coincidentally, America is probably one of the countries which most needs to hear about the problems of excess consumerism and massive socioeconomic inequality.

  2. While it may get more attention, since it deals with behavioral issues that haven’t been politicized, I don’t see it having much influence. Parents who are concerned with consumerism are already trying to raise their children according to these teachings, and those aren’t may be too lost in their “busy lives” to change a thing about what they do because of something the Pope said thousands of miles away.

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