HOLY SEE TO PUBLISH SOCIAL CATECHISM
APR 19 (ZENIT.org).- On Thursday,
"The Social Agenda:
A Collection of Magisterial Texts," prepared by the
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,
will be presented to the
The press conference will be given by Archbishop
François Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân,
president of that Vatican Council,
Robert Sirico and Kris Alan Mauren,
co-founders of the Acton
Institute of Grand Rapids,
HOLY SEE TO PUBLISH SOCIAL CATECHISM
Indispensable Aid to Catholic Leaders Available Before End of Jubilee
APR 16 (ZENIT.org).- Archbishop François Xavier Nguyên Van
president of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace,
that the Holy See is preparing to publish a "Social Catechism" toward
the end of the Jubilee.
which will cover the social doctrine of the Church,
first announced by the Vietnamese Archbishop during the Synod of Bishops
which took place in Rome last October.
preparation was entrusted by John Paul II to the Archbishop and the
Council he presides.
The consultation of Bishops,
scholars and experts
from around the world has taken much time and turned out to be
In exclusive statements to the Spanish newspaper "La Razón," Archbishop
Nguyên Van Thuân commented today that "this Catechism comprises a very
special aspect of this Jubilee celebration,
as it can help the world to
discover a new perspective of Christian wisdom."
Indispensable Aid for Catholic Leaders
The Archbishop explained,
"Our starting point is the very many Catholics
in the world who hold positions of responsibility and represent the
leading classes of their countries:
Catholics who are heads of
We have discovered that,
in spite of being good Catholics,
not have a clear idea of the social doctrine of the Church,
Catholic Church upholds and proposes in fields like economics,
We have heard of situations in which certain Catholics work
in the opposite direction of what the social doctrine of the Church
And this happens,
because they do not know it
sufficiently or because they do not keep it in mind as a profound truth
of our faith."
This concern has led the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace to
hold congresses throughout the world to inform,
coordinate and assist in
greater understanding and diffusion of social doctrine.
has been made to recover the spirit of the national "social weeks,"
which for many decades made possible the study and understanding of the
social doctrine and which have been abandoned in many countries,
entered into frank decline in terms of content,
"This is the first time that the Church has written a succinct and
official compendium on the social doctrine in keeping with what has been
said in the Catechism,
though many studies and thick volumes have been
We will especially keep in mind the contributions of Karol
Wojtyla's writings from when he was a professor in Poland and the
volumes of Cardinal Hoffner.
Our objective is to make a compendium that
will contain the universal principles on which the social doctrine is
based and from which one must start to analyze the different individual
We must synthesize and extract the conceptual and universal
form of the principles," Archbishop Nguyên Van Thuân said.
The Social Catechism promises to be a book of great breadth in terms of
topics and contents.
It seems that many Bishops are impressed by the
quantity of topics covered and,
the detail that Catholics
must bring to bear on judgments and criteria of action in situations of
social and political life,
so affected by the maelstrom of progress and
Archbishop Nguyên Van Thuân said that "technological development has
improved the situation of the world,
but on the other hand it has
broadened man's powers to the point that he can think he is independent
Here is where the problem of the unity of science and conscience
Science and conscience must walk together,
they must not be
The separation of science and conscience makes humanity,
the contemplation of God and his work,
the Social Catechism will have as one of its key themes "to
reestablish the unity between the spirit of men and social development:
Jesus Christ has loosed the chains of the soul and body of men." The
Social Catechism thus shows with clarity how for a Catholic social
action cannot be separated from the announcement of redemption,
"it is the Lord who has reestablished the unity between the soul and
and this is the road that we must follow as saving
mission," the Archbishop emphasized.
Unity of Work and Life
Another point highlighted by the Vietnamese Archbishop responsible for
writing this Vatican document is "the concept of work as love toward the
work as continuation of God's plan,
the love of work as a way
contemplating and admiring the beauty of
Archbishop Nguyên Van Thuân revealed that the Social Catechism
will insist on "how the human person is ennobled and fulfilled when he
collaborates to improve the created,
since in this way he assumes a
central and just condition in the vertical relation with God."
The foundation permetting to determine the value of human labor is not above all the type of work which is accomplished but the fact that he who accomplishes it, is a person. Laborem Exercens, John-Paul II
The Church and the Holy See in particular, request from your nations and of your governments, to evermore take into consideration a certain number of needs...
in the interest of men and women whoever they may be, knowing that liberty, respect for life and of the dignity of persons - who are never instruments -, equity in treatment, professionnal reliability in work and solidarity in the quest for common good, a spirit of reconciliation, opening to spiritual values are fundamental exigences of a harmonious life in society, of the progress of the citizens and their civilisation.
Jean Paul II, Audience of the Diplomatic Corps, october 20 1978
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Rerum Novarum (1891)
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Managing as if faith mattered
The Pope speaks of the dangers and difficulties facing journalists when they undertake to present to readers the events which are happening within the Church: Yes, events are always difficult to read and to have others comprehend.
Initially, they are almost always complex.
It suffices that an element is forgotten by inadvertency, is voluntarily omitted, minimized or on the contrary overly accentuated, to distort the vision of the present, as well as that of the future.
You must however suscitate the interest and attention of the public, whereas your agencies require of you often and mostly: sensationalism.
Some are then tempted to fall into anecdotes: this is concrete and perhaps very valid, but provided that the anecdote is significant and in real connection with the nature of the religious fact.
Others courageously devote themselves to a very thorough analysis of the problems and motivations of the people of the Church, with the risk of insufficiently accounting for the essential which, you know is not of a political order, but spiritual.
Jean-Paul II Meeting with the press, october 21 1978
The problem is to know how to keep, to conserve the behaviour, the attitude of the Good Shepherd.
I think of the dangers to which each pastor is exposed, each chaplain.
In the absence of a profound religious life, he will imperceptibly change, become an administrator, an employee and his pastoral work will transform itself in a parish office where one "fixes" problems.
Jean-Paul II, Mon ami Karol Wotyla, M. Malinski, ed Le Centurion 1980 p90