Michael Barnes SJ describes the way in which Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Assisi, in the footsteps of his predecessor, highlighted a continuity between the papacies of Benedict and John Paul II.
Anthony Egan SJ suggests that while Pope Benedict’s 2010 comments about the use of condoms in the prevention of the spread of HIV do not, contrary to what has been reported, mark a break away from Catholic teaching, there is in fact a subtle innovation behind his words.
Oliver Rafferty SJ analyses the significance of the honest but welcoming words exchanged by Pope Benedict and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
When Pope Benedict met with faith leaders on the second day of his visit, he not only spoke of the shared virtues of all people of faith, but advocated ‘face to face’ engagement as an integral part of dialogue, reports Michael Barnes SJ.
As he addressed schoolchildren from all over the country, Pope Benedict encouraged them to grow in holiness, and asked those who teach them to let this aim shape their approach to education.
Fr Michael Paul Gallagher SJ embarks on a journey with ten 'giants' of modern Catholic scholarship and hopes that, by the end of the voyage, they will be accessible to others.
Austen Ivereigh looks at Pope Benedict’s discussion in Caritas in veritate of the role of gift and gratuitousness in our society. Why are contractual relationships, on which economics and bureaucracy are based, not enough to fulfil our human needs? And what can a strong civil society, based on covenant, achieve for its citizens by emphasising relationships based on trust rather than exchange?
To what extent does Pope Benedict, in Caritas in Veritate, address the global situation by commenting on policy rather than principles, and can the messages within magisterial literature be communicated to those who are used to debate rather than authoritative teaching?
Frank Turner SJ introduces the principles that run through 'Caritas in Veritate' and emerge from the consideration of 'love' and 'truth' in Pope Benedict XVI's theology.
Brendan MacPartlin SJ considers the vision delivered in Pope Benedict's third encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, which picks up on the themes of 'Populorum Progressio' to look at issues of development and social action: 'Charity in truth drives the authentic development of all persons.'
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