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Study Materials Available for "Caritas In Veritate"
On June 29, 2009 -- the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI issued his third encyclical: Caritas In Veritate (Charity in Truth). John Carr, Executive Director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD), said the popes encyclical offers a much needed ethical analysis of the global economic crisis and an essential moral framework on how to move forward as one human family. The Holy Father insists that ethics and a priority for the poor need to be at the heart of economic life, Carr said. The pope challenges each of us to put charity and truth, justice and the common good at the heart of our economic choices and everyday lives. Charity in Truth (Caritas In Veritate) covers several issues integral to Catholic Social Teaching. The pope places charity at the heart of the Churchs social doctrine. He also calls for a new way of doing business to ensure the stability and welfare of all stakeholders, including workers and society at large. The global economy, problems with non-renewable energy resources, and a need for a new world political authority are other issues the pope discusses in the encyclical. The encyclical may be read in its entirety on the Vatican website. The USCCBs Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development has developed study and reflection guides to accompany Charity in Truth (Caritas In Veritate). The guides include session templates with excerpts from the encyclical, short prayers, and discussion questions. Paul Henderson, USCCB Publishing director, highlighted the value of the study guides as aids for people to reflect on the Holy Fathers encyclical and put it into action in their own communities. The study guides and additional information are available as free downloads on the USCCB website. Copies may also be ordered at the discounted price of $6.00 per copy (includes shipping) from the Rose Resource Center in Gaylord. Contact Tammy Boylan at 989.732.5147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.