Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Why no summary? No analysis?

Because the encyclical does not lend itself to it. Any quick and dirty summary would do it an injustice. I've therefore decided to refrain from commenting on it for the time being, other than to note that in the questions it address and the connections it makes, we have something genuinely thought-provoking. Is there novelty there? The social teaching of the Church is not my area of knowledge, but I think the clear articulation of the relationship between the Church and its work in society is a more systematic expression than we have had up to now. Beyond that, I'm not saying anything else for another little whole.

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