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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > July 2009 > A First Look at Caritas in Veritate
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Ray Isla
Hi Father Barron

Before I comment, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind words of wisdom - I'm all the way here in Melbourne, Australia and I've been sharing the way you deliver Christ's message to the community I serve here CFC-Singles For Christ.

I was deeply moved by your summary regarding Pope Benedict's new encyclical - thank you Father.

I just wanted to query your last paragraph "I must say that much of Caritas in veritate didn’t “sound” like Benedict XVI" ... do you say that as a 'concern' or do you say that as an 'observation'?

I just feel that sometimes, not everything requires theological backing to get a point across. Sometimes we should simply trust and accept what the messenger is telling us.

(Don't get me wrong, I still strongly believe that reference to scripture is important to justify a message. However, the Holy Spirit's messages can sometimes be profound, but in discerning such messages in deep prayer, you know if God has 'earmarked' them as urgent or not)

I guess what I'm commenting on is that in the spirit of Pope Bendict's encyclical (and his on-going service for that matter) we can see how God has been moulding him through his writings.

Keep in inspiring us Fr Barron! You're awesome!!

In Christ's Love

Ray Isla
7/16/2009 8:33:37 PM
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Dominick A. Zarcone
Who am I to question what Pope
Benedict XVI writes? Yet I anticipate accusations of anti-Christ to multiply. Personally his writings have always edified my Catholic faith in Christ. Yet, I just wish he had not made reference to a world political authority, "a kind of world government, a truly international political entity with the requisite power to preside over world political and economic affairs". Again, who am I to question what the
vicar of Christ writes? Yet, I anticipate that many will accuse him and the Catholic Church of being complicit in 'an anti-Christ plot to subjugate the human race to a one-world government'.
Deep in my heart, I am convinced that the authority that the Pope and the Catholic Church desires to see the whole world submit is the authority of none other than, 'the King of Kings, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God our Savior'. If anyone better understands what he meant by that reference to the world political authority, please help me to understand. Thank you.
7/19/2009 5:59:13 PM
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Father, Late to this thread but it took me awhile to read this encyclical! You're right, it doesn't seem as polished as B16's previous ones but he's weaving more disciplines together too so it has to be more complex.
My main concern is that Americans especially simply can't get past the "world political authority" to really listen to what the Holy Father is saying. Capitalism is given to us more with our mother's milk than Catholicism usually.
IF the world authority is taken in context with the common good, subsidiarity and all the other concepts outlined here, it makes more sense. But I doubt too many people will take the time to think it through.
8/1/2009 10:27:59 AM
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Thanks for the review. It’s very informative.
3/11/2010 10:53:58 AM
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promise you that I am being completely sincere when I say that this is the best piece on the encyclical I have read since it was delivered. Truly outstanding, and a wonderful assistance for people needing to find the right “perspective” in how to approach it. I find it to be a very delightful work when approached the way you have recommended, and I agree that if I attempted to use it as a “policy prescription” it would leave me disappointed at points
9/9/2010 7:44:32 AM
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I have not read the encyclical and cannot stand the thought of Senator Bob Brown (who has pushed for same-sex marriage in Australia) potentially having drawn credence from our Holy Father regarding the idea of "one world government". I cannot imagine that Pope Benedict XVI would regard for a single moment that the UN is a fine example of "world government" especially in light of the UNFPA and its population control programs not to mention the scandalous operation of the organisation.
2/28/2012 5:14:42 AM
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