In the most interesting of the early comments on Caritas in Veritate
, George Weigel observes that the new papal encyclical seems to reflect the result of a long struggle between the leftist sympathies of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Holy Father's own preference for a non-partisan, theological approach. He writes:
It is one of the worst-kept secrets in Rome that at least two drafts of such an encyclical, and perhaps three, were rejected by Pope Benedict XVI.
When the long-overdue encyclical did finally appear, Weigel writes, the lengthy document contained plenty of passages promoting the leftist views of the Pontifical Council, interspersed with stronger passages that show the Pope's determination to connect the main lines of Catholic social teaching within a much broader theological framework:
Indeed, those with advanced degrees in Vaticanology could easily go through the text of Caritas in Veritate, highlighting those passages that are obviously Benedictine with a gold marker and those that reflect current Justice and Peace default positions with a red marker.More...
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