Human Dignity and the Common Good: The Great Papal Social Encyclicals from Leo XIII to John Paul II

Human Dignity and the Common Good: The Great Papal Social Encyclicals from Leo XIII to John Paul II

by Richard Rousseau


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313320712
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2001
Series: Contributions to the Study of Religion Series , #68
Pages: 554
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.38(d)

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


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