ROME— A brief talk at a Vatican conference on Friday by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has stirred plenty of controversy, with some accusing Sanders of seeking to exploit the Vatican or the pope for a photo-op, others charging the Vatican with injecting itself into U.S. politics, and others just finding the whole thing either puzzling or amusing.
His talk, scheduled for 4 p.m. Rome time (10 a.m. on the East Coast), is titled “The Urgency of a Moral Economy: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Centesimus Annus.”
Before the talk, it’s worth recapping what Centesimus Annus is, who invited Sanders, and who else is coming to the conference.
Centesimus Annus (“On the Hundredth Anniversary”) is a social encyclical published by St. John Paul II in 1991. It examines the role of the state and the economy from the perspective of Catholic moral theology, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
It built on other milestones in papal social teaching such as Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum in 1891, which addressed the rise of industrial capitalism; Pius XI’s Quadragesimo Anno in 1931, which came during the Great Depression; and Populorum Progressio, Paul VI ‘s 1967 document reflecting on the ferment of decolonization.
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