A Church devoted to love and charity
REV. RAYMOND DE SOUZA
A commentary on the new encyclical: God is Love
(Catholic Educator’s Resource Centre)
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Pope Benedict XVI released his first encyclical yesterday, the title of which is taken from the First Letter of John, “God is Love” — or in the Latin text by which it will be known, Deus Caritas Est.
[size=1]However, the Church cannot and must not take it upon itself to bring about a just society.
“A just society must be the achievement of politics, not of the Church,” he writes. “She cannot and must not replace the state. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.”
Benedict notes that in a world afflicted by violence committed in the name of God, and in a culture that sees the Gospel as something that snuffs the excitement out of life, it is necessary to return to the foundational truths: The human person has a natural and insuppressible desire to love and be loved. Which is to say that he has a natural need for God.
Deus caritas est opens with a sustained, lyrical, but dense exposition of what love is. It will require reading at least several times to plumb the full depth of a Ratzingerian tour de force of classical, philosophical and biblical sources on the nature of love.