What is the Catholic Concept of Human Development?
I’m reading Caritas in Veritate (thanks Rach620) looking for insight into the Catholic concept of Human Development as a Catholic counterpart to what secularists call “social progress” or even “economic progress”.
Now, obviously, a Catholic source (i.e. the Pope) is going to have non-secular views on the matter, and rightly so. But my interest at this time is focused on the community elements, the idea of humanity as a whole advancing over generations toward some ideal as opposed to individual human development over a single lifetime.
The questions I’m pondering are these:
What exactly is the concept of Human Development of humanity as a whole (as opposed to individual salvation)?
What is the history and tradition of the Catholic concept of Human Development.
How do we balance the goals of global development against those of individual or local community development?
What is the proper relationship between Catholicism, on the one hand, and science and economics, on the other?
Unfortunately, while Caritas in Veritate does seem to touch on these subjects tangentially, it really doesn’t address them square on, at least not to my satisfaction. It could be that I’m not reading the document right, or that there is some other document(s) that better address the questions, or that this is all just implied everywhere but directly addressed nowhere.