Consisting of the full text of eight papal social encyclicals dating back to 1891 and the papacy of Leo XIII, and one important papal radio address on Christian social ethics, this reference work also introduces, outlines, and summarizes the texts in a clear, understandable language. Each encyclical was intended to be a commentary on and modernization of Leo XIII's masterly and foundational encyclical Rerum Novarum, and Rousseau brings them together using their standard paragraph numbering system for easy reference. This valuable reference represents a unique thematic approach to these important religious and social documents.
Readers will better understand the social, economic, political and thoroughly Christian ideas of Popes throughout the 20th century with the outline and summary interpretation of each text.
About the Author
RICHARD W. ROUSSEAU is a member of the Society of Jesus. He has been chair of the Theology Department of Boston College, Assistant Director of Faith Order Commission of the National Council of Churches, Dean of the Weston Jesuit Theological Center, Professor and Chair of Theology at the University of Scranton, and is presently the Director of the University of Scranton Press.
Table of Contents
General Introduction and Overview
Rerum Novarum: On Capital and Labor of Leo XIII, May 15, 1891
Quadragesimo Anno: On the Reconstruction of the Social Order of Pius XI, May 15, 1931
Radio Address on Pentecost Sunday Commemorating The Fiftieth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum, of Pius XII, June 1, 1941
Mater et Magistra: Christianity and Social Progress of John XXIII, May 15, 1961
Pacem in Terris: Peace on Earth of John XXIII, April 11, 1963
Populorum Progressio: On the Development of Peoples of Paul VI, March 26, 1967
Laborem Exercens: On Human Work of John Paul II, September 14, 1981
Sollicitudo Rei Socialis: On the Social Teaching of the Church of John Paul II, Dec. 30, 1987
Centesimus Annus: On the Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum of John Paul II, May 1, 1991