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Saturday, February 11, 2006

God is Love

Pope Benedict's XVI first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, instructs the faithful on several dimensions of God's love. This document is divided into two parts. The first covers the relationship between Eros, erotic love, and Agape, charity. The second part develops the Catholic Church's social teaching by reaffirming that the central motivation for all works of charity should be love of neighbor. Pope Benedict warns that some Catholic charitable organizations may be temped to serve an ideology rather than their fellow man. This happens on both the left and right ends of the ideological spectrum. This and much more are packed into the short encyclical.

2 Comments:

  • I get the impression that this encyclical is being read much more than most of them. I'm sure that the biggest reason is that it's Benedict's first. In addition, though, this one is short enough and written in commone enough language not to be too intimidating.

    By Anonymous fr. jason, at Sunday, February 12, 2006 5:23:00 AM  

  • Very true. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    By Blogger Tom, at Monday, February 13, 2006 3:12:00 AM  

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