A New Worldly Order

A New Worldly Order : John Paul II and Human Freedom

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The encyclical issued in May 1991 by Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, drew a great deal of attention not only within the Catholic Church but outside it as well. One striking feature was the Pope's endorsement of capitalism, properly understood, as the economic system most compatible with human freedom and most efficient in meeting human needs. Notable as well were his comments on the fall of Communist regimes in 1989 and the role of the workers' movement in that struggle. A condensation of the encyclical, accompanied by the Pope's own reflections on it, starts off this stimulating collection. Then 23 personsoCatholics and non-Catholics, Americans and Europeans, political theorists, theologians, social scientists, lawyers, and journalistsocomment on the encyclical from their varied perspectives. Among the distinguished contributors are Peter L. Berger, Rocco Buttiglione, Milton Friedman, Mary Ann Glendon, J. Bryan Hehir, Richard John Neuhaus, Michael Novak, Max L. Stackhouse, and Jozef Tischner.
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  • Hardback | 195 pages
  • 144 x 223 x 23mm | 413g
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0896331709
  • 9780896331709
  • 2,478,916

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Pope John Paul II drew a great deal of attention not only within the Catholic Church but outside it as well with his May 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annus. Perhaps its most striking feature is the pope's endorsement of capitalism, properly understood, as the economic system most compatible with human freedom and most efficient in meeting human needs. Notable as well were his comments on the fall of Communist regimes in 1989 and the role of the workers' movement in that struggle. A condensation of Centesimus Annus, accompanied by the pope's own public comments on it, starts off this stimulating collection. Twenty-three essays follow, by Catholics and non-Catholics, Americans and Europeans, political theorists, theologians, social scientists, lawyers, and journalists. They show a wide variety of reactions--positive and negative--to John Paul's vision of a new worldly order.
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Whether these contributions criticize or agree with the Church's social teaching, all attest to the import of this document and the world leadership of its author.... * Church and Cultures * One would not want to discuss modern Catholic social policy without first reading these essays. * The Christian Century * Useful for undergraduate and larger public libraries. * Library Journal * Useful for undergraduate and larger public libraries. * Library Journal * Whether these contributions criticize or agree with the Church's social teaching, all attest to the import of this document and the world leadership of its author.... * Church and Cultures * One would not want to discuss modern Catholic social policy without first reading these essays. * The Christian Century *
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About George Weigel

George Weigel is President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
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