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Pope Benedict XVI speaks on the Common Good

Pope Benedict Stresses Principle of the Common Good
VATICAN CITY, May 24, 2010  -- "The common good is the purpose that gives meaning to the progress and development, which would otherwise be limited solely to the production of material goods; they are necessary, but without an orientation towards the common good, consumerism prevails in the end, along with waste, poverty, and imbalances, negative factors for progress and development," Pope Benedict XVI told participants at the conference sponsored by the Centesimus Annus-Pro Pontifice Foundation on May 22. The conference was on the relationship of "Development, Progress, and the Common Good."


Achieving Solidarity with Victims Through Christ
Christ Saves Us from the Mechanism of Violence

VATICAN, April 2, 2010 -- How easy is it for us to focus on certain groups of people for the problems of the culture. How easy is it for us to attack them. Ironically, it can feel good. It leads to a sense of exhaltation, a sense of rightiousness, but it drains grace and obstructs love. It leads to violence -- if not physical, then certainly a violation of the dignity of the other.


"A Reflection on Business Ethics in the Light of Catholic Social Teaching,
with Special Reference to Pope Benedict XVI’s Latest Encyclical,
Caritas in Veritate"

t is well known that the tradition of Catholic social teaching began with the Encyclical Letter of Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, in 1891.  However, it is not as if Pope Leo invented something entirely new, from scratch; rather, like any great new development of thought, Catholic social teaching has drawn out what was already contained virtually in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s Tradition, brought it more into the light and developed it by applying it to the specific circumstances of the time.


Pope Urges Responsibility for Creation
An Integral Human Development (Video)


Pope Benedict XVI Lenten Message
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Go Against the Current During Lent
Path of Conversion and Openness to Divine Love

VATICAN CITY, February 17, 2010 - "Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin the Lenten path that lasts forty days and which leads us to the joy of the Lord's Easter", the Pope said at the beginning of his catechesis during today's general audience, celebrated in the Paul VI Audience Hall.


Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, Pastoral on Lay Vocation, new evangelization

Laity Called to Step Up for New Evangelization
Pastoral Letter of Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX, February 15, 2010 -- On the fifth anniversary of his installation as archbishop, the Most Rev.José Gomez released a pastoral letter reminding the laity of their privilege and obligation to serve Christ and His Church in a very unique secular role.


Free Will, Conscience and Moral Choice
In a recent interview with Eleanor Clift in Newsweek magazine (Dec. 21), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about her disagreements with the United States Catholic bishops concerning Church teaching. Speaker Pelosi replied, in part: “I practically mourn this difference of opinion because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that we are all endowed with a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions. And that women should have the opportunity to exercise their free will.”


Philosophy for Beginners: The Theology of Death
The most vital question in any study of the nature of death is this: in what sense can death be said to be the destiny of Man? This will help us to answer further questions about the natural character of death, and help us to understand Christ's death and our own. 


Pontiff Calls for "Ecology of Man"
Warns Against New Theories of "Gender"

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 22, 2008.- While protecting nature is an essential mission of the Church, it's no more important than protecting the nature of the person, says Benedict XVI.


Democracy Not Enough, Says Pope
Affirms Need for Values Founded on Truth of Person
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 21, 2008.- Despite the value of democratic principles, they alone are not enough to form a solid foundation for a society, says Benedict XVI.


Benedict XVI: Trinity Reflected in Solidarity and Subsidiarity
VATICAN CITY, May 4, 2008 -- Faith in the Trinity enlightens the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity proposed by Catholic social doctrine, says Benedict XVI.


Pope to American Bishops:
WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2008 -- The first formal ecclesiastical event in Pope Benedict's pastoral visit to the United States was his meeting with the entire body of U.S. bishops on Wednesday at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, DC. Here he laid out his program for the episcopate in reviving Catholic life in America. It goes without saying that the goal is to make all things new, to enable the faith to permeate every aspect of life. But the primary means to this goal, according to Benedict, is formation in the faith, particularly Christian moral formation.


Will, Reason, Hope. Which Comes First?
Nowadays we see a vast range of wishes demanding to be transformed automatically into rights. This is tantamount to saying that the will comes first and reason just has to adapt. The will establishes the ends and reason deals with nothing more than the means. This primacy of the will over reason is proper to both totalitarianism and relativist democracy. As a matter of fact, this is what these two systems share in common. This is what John Paul II wanted to say when on numerous occasions he laid bare the premises of totalitarianism and said that when democracy also espouses such premises it can drift in an evident or deceitful way towards forms of totalitarianism.


Just Ordering of Society
A Response to "Separation of Church and State
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When we live our faith in the public square, are we trying to impose our faith on others? Are we crossing the line between separation of church and state? In his Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict discussed these questions and others regarding our responsibility for participation in the development of public policy that respects the dignity of the human person and serves the common good.


The Danger of Criticizing Bishops and Priests
A Response to Corruption

In the thirteenth century many priests were involved in seeking wealth and having a pleasant life. They hardly preached at all, virtually never studied, and paid for important positions so that they could get even more money. A number of priests openly lived with women, causing great scandal. Some of the bishops lived in unbelievable wealth, and would sell Church positions to keep their rich life style. Many of the people were just as bad as their leaders.




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