A Century of Catholic Social Thought: Essays on 'Rerum Novarum' and Nine Other Key Documents

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A Century of Catholic Social Thought: Essays on 'Rerum Novarum' and Nine Other Key Documents

Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum launched a century of reflection and argument on the Catholic Church’s vision of the just society and international order. The centenary of Rerum Novarum provides an opportunity to review the contributions the Church has made to the ongoing public debate over the pursuit of peace, freedom, security, and prosperity. It is also a fitting time to assess the Church’s ability to guide both its followers and the wider public on a host of contemporary issues. 

A Century of Catholic Social Thought offers the views of ten commentators on the key documents of the Church’s modern social doctrine. The volume also features a foreword by renowned theologian Richard John Neuhaus, and an ecumenical afterword by the Very Reverend Leonid Kishkovsky, president of the National Council of Churches. 

William Murphy on Rerum Novarum (1891)

Thomas C. Kohler on Quadragesimo Anno (1931)

Robert A. Sirico on Mater et Magistra (1961)

George Weigel on Pacem in Terris (1963)

Mary Eberstadt on Gaudium et Spes (1965)

Kenneth L. Grasso on Dignitatis Humanae (1965)

Robert Royal on Populorum Progressio (1967)

James Finn on Octogesima Adveniens (1971)

Robert A. Destro on Laborem Exercens (1981)

William McGurn on Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (1987)