Fr. Sirico of the Acton Institute sets the proper tone for the upcoming encyclical. The same controversy surrounded John Paul II’s Centesimus Annus. Left and right wrangeled over its proper interpretation. I think George Weigel, Michael Novak and the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus laid out what was distinctive about CA. The Holy See clearly saw the benefits of economies that championed open markets. Economics, however, always presupposes a moral framework. Trust in trading partners, the use of fair weights and measures as the book of Proverbs puts it, an ability for workers to share in the fruit of their labor. These are moral imperatives that can’t be given up if one is a Catholic.
Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment will not be much different than Benedict XVI’s writings on it. We may have forgotten that Benedict XVI was given the title “the green pope” because of his concern for creation care.
BTW, we will be at Acton University broadcasting June 16-20.
– Al Kresta