Monday, May 16, 2011

Rerum Novarum

This article does a decent job of discussing main themes in Leo XIII's encyclical, Rerum Novarum. I believe that this was the first social encyclical and that Catholic social teaching, at least as a distinctive, modern line of thinking, is dated from this encyclical.

John Paul II's encyclical, Centesimus Annus (or "100 years") is dated from Rerum Novarum 's release.


Blogger Joel said...

Are you swimming the Tiber?

May 27, 2011 10:21 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


Some years back I happened to be selected as the only Protestant to attend the first, month-long "First Things" seminar on "Centesimus Annus" (held at the Insitut fur Philosophe in Liechtenstein.)

Neuhaus, Novak, Weigel, and Rocco Buttiglione (the latter being a major influence on CA) taught.

I came away with a deep appreciation for Catholic social thought, and several friendships that have lasted since then.

May 27, 2011 5:01 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

Got it.

May 27, 2011 6:05 PM  

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