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Sollicitudo Rei Socialis
Transcript of Sollicitudo Rei Socialis
The Social Concerns of the Church
Encyclical promulgated by Pope John Paul II on 30 December 1987, on the twentieth anniversary of Populorum Progressio. It is part of a larger body of writings known as Catholic social teaching that trace their origin to Rerum Novarum which was issued by Pope Leo XIII in 1891
The Church doesn’t propose political or economic solutions, but instead promotes human dignity and solidarity in the process of development
In Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, or The Social Concerns of the Church, Pope John Paul II discusses global development and its ethical/moral dimensions. He builds on Pope Paul VI's The Development of People, and after surveying the state of poor countries, he considers the confrontation between the two global blocs. He then points to the "structures of sin" as obstacles to development and calls for conversion towards solidarity.
Sollicitudo Rei Socialis takes up themes that by now are familiar:
3. the universal destination of the earth’s goods
4. the right to meaningful employment
The Pope points out that despite
some progress in the twodecades
since Populorum Progressio’s
publication, the gap between
developed and developing countries
continued to widened in a variety
of areas, including: the production
and distribution of goods,
hygiene, health and housing,
availability of drinking water,
and working conditions
(especially for women)
The reasons behind the
lack of development since Populorum Progressio could
not simply be attributed to economics, said the Pope.
Politics has also played a role.
The interdependence of
mankind must be emphasized
i order to move forward.
The development of the
world depends on the level
of solidarity among
peoples and nations
1. the dignity of the human person as the foundation for society and the norm for justice in social institutions
2. integral development as the religious and moral response to global poverty
1. the awareness of the duty of the Church,
as "an expert in humanity,"
2. "to scrutinize the signs of the times and to interpret them in the light of the Gospel"
3. the awareness, equally profound, of her mission of service
These and other explicit references to the Pastoral Constitution lead one to conclude that the Encyclical presents itself as an application of the Council's teaching in social matters to the specific problem of the development and the underdevelopment of peoples.