CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING edited by Peter J. Henriot et al ($13)

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Catholic social teaching defines what it means to take up the joys and hopes, sorrows and anxieties, of the whole human family. Recent documents have renewed and refocused interest on this "best kept secret." Catholic Social Teaching (a Catholic Book Award winner) offers an overview of the history of the Church's social teachings and presents in outline form key documents, both recent and historic. This new revised edition includes documents from the initial Rerum Novarum (1891) to Pope John Paul II's encylical letter on its 100th anniversary, Centesimus Annus (1991).

Part I provides a brief historical overview of the development of Catholic social thought, past and present. Part II then presents major documents in outline form, carefully analyzed, with introductions to each. Among them are Pope John Paul II's encyclical letters Redemptoris Missio (The Missionary Activity of the Church, 1990) and Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern, 1989); The Church and Racism (Statement of the Pontifical Justice and Peace Commission, 1988); as well as Vatican II's Gaudium et Spes, and the U.S. bishops' pastoral letters on peace, the economy, and the Hispanic presence in the Church. Also included are important documents from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Catholic Social Teaching concludes with a study guide and information on obtaining the documents in their entirety. Compact and comprehensive, ideal for parish study groups, this book is an invaluable resource for pinpointing the tenets of Catholic social teaching.

Peter J. Henriot, S.J., served as executive director of the Center of Concern, Washington, D.C. He is co-author of Social Analysis: Linking Faith and Justice.

Edward P. DeBerri, S.J., is assistant editor of the National Jesuit News. He teaches philosophy at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

Michael J. Schultheis, S.J., is director of the Jesuit Refugee Service/Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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