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This also emerges from the common human experiences of love and truth.

Paul VI had an articulated vision of development. Besides the good of the individual, there is a good that is linked to living in society: Only when it is free can development be integrally human; only in a climate of responsible freedom can it grow in a satisfactory manner. Coherence does not mean a closed system: These processes have led to a downsizing of social security systems as the price to be paid for seeking greater competitive advantage in the global market, with consequent grave danger for the rights of workers, for fundamental human rights and for the solidarity associated with the traditional forms of the social State.

Corruption and illegality are unfortunately evident in caeitas conduct of the economic and political class in rich countries, both old and new, as well as in poor ones.

The economy needs ethics in order to function correctly — not any ethics whatsoever, but an ethics which is people-centred. Once profit becomes the exclusive goal, if it veeitate produced by improper means and without the common good as its beritate end, it risks destroying wealth and creating poverty. When this happens, humanity runs new risks of enslavement and manipulation.

On the other hand, formerly prosperous nations are presently passing through a phase of vertiate and in some cases decline, precisely because of their falling birth rates; this has become a crucial problem for highly affluent societies. Secondly, the opposite danger exists, that verittate cultural levelling and indiscriminate acceptance of types of conduct and life-styles.

Alongside profit-oriented private enterprise and the various types of public enterprise, there must be veritatw for commercial entities based on mutualist principles and pursuing social ends to take root and express themselves. Paul VI had already warned against the technocratic ideology so prevalent today [26]fully aware of the great danger of entrusting the entire process of development to technology alone, because in that way it would lack direction.

Hence a sustained commitment is needed so as to promote a person-based and community-oriented cultural process of world-wide integration that is open to transcendence. Religious freedom does not mean religious indifferentism, nor does it imply that all religions are equal [].

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Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way.

Caritas in veritate (June 29, ) | BENEDICT XVI

Globalization is a multifaceted and complex phenomenon which must be grasped in the diversity and unity of all its encycilque dimensions, including the theological dimension.

The publication of Populorum Progressio occurred immediately after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, and in its opening paragraphs it clearly indicates its close connection with the Council [14]. From this standpoint, international organizations might question the actual effectiveness of their bureaucratic and administrative machinery, which is often excessively costly. It is therefore necessary to cultivate a public conscience that considers food and access to water as universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination [65].

Relationships between human beings throughout history cannot but be enriched by reference to this divine model. This leads to a rejection, not only of the distorted and unjust way in which progress is sometimes directed, but also of scientific discoveries themselves, which, if well used, could serve as an opportunity of growth for all. As a spiritual being, the human creature is defined through interpersonal relations.

By cultivating openness to life, wealthy peoples can better understand the needs of poor ones, they can avoid employing huge economic and intellectual resources to satisfy the selfish desires of their own citizens, and instead, they can promote virtuous action within the perspective of production that is morally sound and marked by solidarity, respecting the fundamental right to life of every people and every individual.

On this front too, there is a pressing moral need for renewed solidarityespecially in relationships between developing countries and those that are highly industrialized [].

The actors and the encycliquw in both underdevelopment cariitas development are manifold, the faults and the merits are differentiated. Labour and technical knowledge are a universal good. Will it ever be possible to obtain this brotherhood by human effort alone?

I am not referring simply to the struggles and conflicts that continue to be fought in the world for religious motives, even if at times the religious motive is merely a cover for other reasons, such as the desire for domination and wealth. This means that moral evaluation and scientific research must go hand in hand, and that charity must animate them in a harmonious interdisciplinary whole, marked by unity and distinction.

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Economic activity cannot solve all social problems through the simple application of commercial logic. At the same time, in some poor countries, cultural models and social norms of behaviour persist which hinder the process of development.


In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love. If on the one hand, some today would be inclined to entrust the entire process of development to technology, on the other hand we are witnessing an upsurge of ideologies that deny in toto the very value of development, viewing it as radically anti-human and merely a source of degradation.

Remarkable convergences and possible solutions will then come to light, without any fundamental component of human life being obscured. Once the ln of public authorities has been more clearly defined, one could foresee an increase in the new forms of political participation, nationally and internationally, that have come about through the activity of organizations operating in civil society; in this way it is to be hoped that the citizens’ interest and participation carits the res publica will become more deeply rooted.

International cooperation requires people who can be part of the process of economic and human development through the solidarity of their presence, supervision, training and respect.

And today it is this trust which has ceased to exist, and the loss of trust is a grave loss. In reality, institutions by themselves are not enough, because integral human development caritass primarily a vocation, and therefore it involves a free assumption of responsibility in solidarity on the part of everyone.

Truth is the light that gives meaning and value to charity. Paul VI strongly opposed this mentality in Populorum Progressio. Veritzte other words, there would no longer be any real place for God in the world. The market is subject to the principles of so-called commutative justicewhich regulates the relations of giving and receiving between parties to a transaction. The economic development that Paul VI hoped to encycllique was meant to produce real growth, of benefit to everyone and genuinely sustainable.

It is irresponsible to view sexuality merely vritate a source of pleasure, and likewise to regulate it through strategies of mandatory birth control. It is also the principal reason why that Encyclical is still timely in our day. These important teachings form the basis for the missionary aspect [32] of the Church’s social doctrine, which is an essential element of evangelization [33].