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.

3 Comments:

Blogger Joel said...

Are you swimming the Tiber?

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

Naw.

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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