Kresta in the Afternoon – July 7, 2009

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    Hour Topic – Caritatis in Veritate

    The first round of stories on the Holy Father’s 3rd encyclical, Caritatis in Veritate, have sometimes oversimplified the Pope's message. A Reuters report, for example, conveys the impression that the encyclical calls for a centralized authority to govern the world economy. It is true that the Pope calls for reform of the UN to create "a true world political authority… with real teeth." But he does not suggest central economic planning, and in fact he devotes considerable stress to the importance of the subsidiarity principle, which he says is "the most effective antidote against any form of all-encompassing welfare state." We examine the encyclical with Kevin Schmeising of the Acton Institute and Dr. Harry Veryser of University of Detroit Mercy.

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