Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Social Encyclical

~from Apcom via Papa Ratzinger Forum
Benedict XVI's third encyclical is ready. Less than six months after the second one, Spe salvi (released on November 30), Papa Ratzinger has reportedly put the finishing touches on the document.

Apcom has learned that it should come out next month, most probably shortly after Easter, and that the test is now in translation. Besides being issued in the official languages of the Vatican (Latin, Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish), it will also be released in Arabic and Chinese.

The text is said to consist of two parts. The first would be a review of Populorum progressio, Paul VI's social encyclical issued 40 years ago (March 27, 1968), and of Centesimus annus, John Paul II's social encyclical in 1991.

The second part is focused on current problems and takes a 360-degree view of the social problems which grip mankind today, highlighting the Church's concern for man in all his dimensions, from a global viewpoint.

Poverty, globalization, peace, disarmament, the war between rich and poor, the wars over energy sources and the environment: these are the themes the Encyclical will treat - a rather substantial text of 60 pages, though the Pope may still make changes.

The encyclical has five chapters and is addressed to all men of good will as well as those who have national leadership responsibilities , namely, heads of state and heads of government.

The text takes up the most important principles from the Compendium of Social Doctrine of the Church, which has now been translated to 38 languages. After the publication of Benedict's third encyclical, the Compendium will need to be updated.

The social encyclical interrupts a presumptive cycle of encyclicals on the theological virtues.

Deus caritas est, on love, was published in January 2006 (although it is dated December 25, 2005. Spe salvi, on Christian hope, came out on November 30, 20007, the same day the Pope signed it (Feast of St. Andrew).

It is speculated that the Pope will issue an encyclical on faith in 2009, after the publication of the second volume of JESUS OF NAZARETH, now expected to come out around autumn this year.

2 comments:

DimBulb said...

I suspect that there is going to be a lot of whining in the comboxes of certain Catholic bloggers once the text is released.

DimBulb said...

Did you know Elmer Fudd is blogging? Here is his version of the text:

De Sociaw Encycwicaw

~fwom Apcom via Papa Watzingew Fowum

Benedict XVI's thiwd encycwicaw is weady. Wess than six months aftew the second one, Spe sawvi (weweased on Novembew 30), Papa Watzingew has wepowtedwy put the finishing touches on the document.

Apcom has weawned that it shouwd come out next month, most pwobabwy showtwy aftew Eastew, and that the test is now in twanswation, uh-hah-hah-hah. Besides being issued in the officiaw wanguages of the Vatican (Watin, Itawian, Engwish, Fwench, Gewman, and Spanish), it wiww awso be weweased in Awabic and Chinese.

De text is said to consist of two pawts. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit! De fiwst wouwd be a weview of Popuwowum pwogwessio, Pauw VI's sociaw encycwicaw issued 40 yeaws ago (Mawch 27, 1968), and of Centesimus annus, John Pauw II's sociaw encycwicaw in 1991.

De second pawt is focused on cuwwent pwobwems and takes a 360-degwee view of the sociaw pwobwems which gwip mankind today, highwighting the Chuwch's concewn fow man in aww his dimensions, fwom a gwobaw viewpoint.

Povewty, gwobawization, peace, disawmament, the waw between wich and poow, the waws ovew enewgy souwces and the enviwonment: these awe the themes the Encycwicaw wiww tweat - a wathew substantiaw text of 60 pages, though the Pope may stiww make changes. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit!

De encycwicaw has five chaptews and is addwessed to aww men of good wiww as weww as those who have nationaw weadewship wesponsibiwities , namewy, heads of state and heads of govewnment.

De text takes up the most impowtant pwincipwes fwom the Compendium of Sociaw Doctwine of the Chuwch, which has now been twanswated to 38 wanguages. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit! Aftew the pubwication of Benedict's thiwd encycwicaw, the Compendium wiww need to be updated.

De sociaw encycwicaw intewwupts a pwesumptive cycwe of encycwicaws on the theowogicaw viwtues. Oh, dat scwewy wabbit!

Deus cawitas est, on wove, was pubwished in Januawy 2006 (awthough it is dated Decembew 25, 2005. Spe sawvi, on Chwistian hope, came out on Novembew 30, 20007, the same day the Pope signed it (Feast of St. Andwew).

It is specuwated that the Pope wiww issue an encycwicaw on faif in 2009, aftew the pubwication of the second vowume of JESUS OF NAZAWED, now expected to come out awound autumn this yeaw.

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