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Capital caritae the means of production were now the new source of power which, concentrated in the hands of a few, led to the suppression of the rights of the working classes, against which they had to rebel.

Love grows through love. Man is truly himself when his body and soul are intimately united; the challenge of eros can be said to be truly overcome when this unification is achieved.

The teaching of the Letter to the Galatians is emphatic: A just society must be the achievement of politics, not of the Church. In acknowledging the centrality of love, Christian faith has retained the core of Israel’s faith, while at the same time giving it new depth and breadth.

As a political task, this cannot be the Church’s immediate responsibility. The direct duty to work for a just ordering of society, on the other hand, is proper to the lay faithful.

The Spirit is also the energy which transforms the heart of the ecclesial community, so that it becomes a witness before the world to the love of the Father, who wishes to make humanity a single family in his Son. There is literally nothing else they could have done to make this easier, more comfortable.

Saint John’s words should rather be interpreted caritqs mean that love of neighbour is a path that leads to the encounter with Des, and that closing our eyes to our neighbour also blinds us to God. Faced with new situations and issues, Catholic social teaching thus gradually developed, and has now found a comprehensive presentation in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church published in by the Pontifical Council Iustitia et Pax.


The first half is said to have been written by Benedict in Germanhis mother tonguein the summer of ; the second half is derived from uncompleted writings left by John Paul II.

The encyclical was published on the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul and on the last day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

However, in accordance with a practice initiated in the pontificate of John Paul II, the unofficial versions prepared by the Vatican in 7 other languages use the singular “I wish to speak of love”.

Editions of God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est by Pope Benedict XVI

Eros and agape are two of the various Greek words for loveeach of which has a slightly different shade of meaning: The personnel of every Catholic charitable organization want to work with the Church and therefore with the Bishop, so that the love of God can spread throughout the world. First, there is a certain relationship between love and the Divine: Our times call for a new readiness to assist our neighbours in need.

Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him. Going beyond exterior appearances, I perceive in others an interior desire for a sign of love, of concern. The history of the love-relationship between God and Israel consists, at the deepest level, in the fact that he gives her the Torahthereby opening Israel’s eyes to man’s true nature and showing her the path leading to true humanism.

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The Nygren position was favoured by the Reformed theologian Karl Barth while the Caritas position was supported by the liberal Protestant theologian Paul Tillich. His death on enccylique Cross is the culmination of that turning of God against himself in which he gives himself in order to raise man up and save him. On this solid rock the entire faith of the church is based. A Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and to let love alone speak.

The rich man cf. Communion draws me out of myself towards him, and thus also towards unity with all Christians.


In all humility we will do what we can, and in all humility we will entrust the rest to the Lord. It also explains the immense initiatives of human welfare and Christian formation, aimed above all at the very poor, who became the object of care firstly for the encyflique and mendicant orders, and later for the various male and female religious institutes all through the history of the Church. To do all we can with what strength we have, however, is the task which keeps the good cariats of Jesus Christ dncyclique at work: God incarnate draws us all to himself.

We should continue asking this question in prayerful dialogue before his face: As catitas believer who in faith thinks with God’s thoughts and wills with God’s will, she cannot fail to be a woman who loves. In order to define more accurately the relationship between the necessary commitment to justice and the ministry of charity, two fundamental situations need to be considered:.

The encyclical says that social justice is the primary responsibility of politics and the laity; the church itself should inform the debate on social justice with reason guided by faith, but its main social activity should be directed towards charity.

These sst from the First Letter of John express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith: Only thus is love — eros —able to mature and attain its authentic grandeur.

In no one do we see this more clearly than in Mary. Though up to now we have been speaking mainly of the Old Testament, nevertheless the profound compenetration of the two Testaments as the one Scripture of the Carutas faith has already become evident. In Latin In English.