Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage

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"This classic compendium of church teaching offers the most complete access to more than 100 years of official statements of the Catholic Church on social issues." "With documents ranging from Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum (1891) to Pope Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate (2009), this is the single most comprehensive collection available of primary documents of Catholic social thought. Along with the complete texts of every essential papal encyclical, this volume also includes the important documents of the American bishops on peace, the economy, and racism. Every document is preceded by an introductory essay and helpful notes, making it an exceptional reference and teaching tool." "This updated and expanded edition of a classic reference work remains an indispensable tool for scholars and students, religious and lay people, and everyone concerned with the official statements of the Catholic Church on social issues and world peace." "David O'Brien is Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross and University Professor of Faith and Culture at the University of Dayton. He has served as President of the American Catholic Historical Association" Thomas A. Shannon is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Ethics in the Department of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570758911
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 824
  • Sales rank: 645,084
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Roman Catholic Social Teaching 1

Part I The Classic Texts of Leo XIII and Pius XI 9

Rerum Novarum: The Condition of Labor (Leo XIII, 1891) 12

Introduction 12

Text 14

Quadragesimo Anno: After Forty Years (Pius XI, 1931) 41

Introduction 41

Text 43

Part II Catholic Social Thought in Transition 83

Mater et Magistra: Christianity and Social Progress (John XXIII, 1961) 85

Introduction 85

Text 87

Pacem in Terris: Peace on Earth (John XXIII, 1963) 135

Introduction 135

Text 137

Part III Vatican II and Post-Conciliar Catholic Social Teaching 171

Gaudium et Spes: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Second Vatican Council, 1965) 172

Introduction 172

Text 174

Populorum Progressio: On the Development of Peoples (Paul VI, 1967) 251

Introduction 251

Text 253

Octogesima Adveniens: A Call to Action on the Eightieth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum (Paul VI, 1971) 278

Introduction 278

Text 280

Justice in the World (Synod of Bishops, 1971) 304

Introduction 304

Text 305

Evangelii Nuntiandi: Evangelization in the Modern World (Paul VI, 1975) 319

Introduction 319

Text 321

Part IV The Social Teaching of John Paul II and Benedict XVI 369

Laborem Exercens: On Human Work (1981) 376

Introduction 376

Text 378

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis: On Social Concern (1987) 422

Introduction 422

Text 424

Centesimus Annus: On the Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum (1991) 469

Introduction 469

Text 471

Caritas in Veritate: On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth (2009) 524

Introduction 524

Text 526

Part V The U.S. Bishops and Catholic Social Teaching 587

Brothers and Sisters to Us (1979) 591

The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response (U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1983) 604

Economic Justice for All (U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1986) 689

Index 807

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