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With an equal emphasis on every word in the title -- and with a distinctly American perspective -- Himes and his distinguished associate editors and contributors, have assembled the most thorough and authoritative assessment of modern Roman Catholic social teaching to date, likely to remain the touchstone volume for decades. This culmination of many years of effort by twenty stellar scholars has produced a reference work for anyone interested in understanding or studying the key documents that comprise the central corpus of Catholic social teaching.
In addition to interrogations of the major documents, this volume provides an understanding of the biblical and philosophical foundations of Catholic social teaching, addresses the doctrinal issues that arise in such a context, and explores the social thought leading up to the "modern" era, generally accepted as beginning in 1891 with the publication of Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum. Finally, there is a review of how Catholic social teaching has been received in the United States, and an informed look at the shortcomings and questions that future generations must address.
By any standard, Modern Catholic Social Teaching is a remarkable work -- intellectually rigorous and deeply faithful, it provides accessible and thought-provoking insights into the heart of a belief tradition that every Catholic will find invaluable.
Introduction Kenneth R. Himes, OFM
Part I: Foundations
1. The Bible and Catholic Social Teaching: Will This Engagement Lead to Marriage? John R. Donahue, SJ 2. Natural Law in Catholic Social Teaching Stephen J. Pope 3. The Ecclesiological Foundations of Modern Catholic Social Teaching Richard R. Gaillardetz 4. Early Modern Roman Catholic Social Thought, 1740-1890 Michael J. Schuck Part II: Commentaries
5. Rerum Novarum Thomas A. Shannon 6. Quadragesimo Anno Christine Firer Hinze 7. The Christmas Messages of Pius XII John P. Langan, SJ 8. Mater et magistra Marvin L. Mich 9. Pacem in terris Drew Christiansen, SJ 10. Dignitatis humanae Leslie Griffin 11. Gaudium et spes David Hollenbach, SJ 12. Populorum progressio Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ 13. Octogesima adveniens Christine E. Gudorf 14. Justicia in mundo Kenneth R. Himes, OFM 15. Familiaris consortio Lisa Sowle Cahill 16. Laborem exercens Patricia A. Lamoureux 17. Sollicitudo rei socialis Charles E. Curran, Kenneth R. Himes, OFM, and Thomas A. Shannon18. C entesimus annus Daniel FinnPart III: Reception and Future of the Tradition
19. The Reception of Catholic Social and Economic Teaching in the United States Charles E. Curran 20. The Reception of Catholic Approaches to Peace and War in the United States Todd D. Whitmore 21. The Future of Catholic Social Thought John A. Coleman, SJContributorsIndex