In , Pope John Paul II reflected on the rapid downfall of communism in his encyclical Centesimus. Annus. He named three ‘decisive factors’ in the fall of. Cenetisimus Annus (on the hundredth anniversary), the ninth encyclical of John Paul II’s pontificate and his third social encyclical, was written on the one. From the Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus of Pope John Paul II, 1 May Following the collapse of Communist totalitarianism and of many other.
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Many wondered whether he would have anything significantly new to say. By early October, the finance minister, Leszek Balcerowicz, announced detailed plans to convert the nation to a market economy. The preliminary drafting of a relatively minor anniversary document was taken over by the Secretary of State and the Pope himself by the time the Polish government implemented these reforms in early This direct involvement by the Pope also entailed efforts to engage the best of contemporary economic thinking on the issues.
He himself proposed that the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace organize cenetsimus symposium of leading economists to help him develop an informed perspective on the economic prospects for Eastern Europe at the time.
Nearly twenty internationally distinguished economists, including Catholics, Emcyclical, Jews, and others, were invited centesimuw present answers to a list of detailed questions. Fifteen economists encycllcal in a gathering in November cwntesimuswhich included a lunch and long afternoon discussion with the Pope in his personal residence. At the end of the session, the Pope told the group he was deeply impressed by the concern these economists showed for the moral dimensions of economic life.
Popes from Leo XIII onward had relied on individual social scientists for assistance in drafting social encyclicals, but this consultation represented the most thoroughgoing interaction of a Pontiff with social scientists in an effort to improve the content of church teaching.
In light of this history, it is eminently appropriate for the Pontifical Academy of Social Science to organize a symposium on the 25th anniversary of Centesimus annus. Remaining faithful both to Centesimua. Papers and the conversations they generate are not intended to be confessional or fideistic or simply celebratory of past insight in either tone or content. The symposium will focus on two major questions. The first concerns the changes in the world situation — economically, politically, and culturally — over the past 25 years.
The second will investigate how Catholic social teaching has engaged the world in order to ask how best the Church can do so in the coming years and decades. Just as John Paul II made a careful assessment of the world around him, this symposium will propose the question: As we anns on Centesimus annusto what extent do the new realities in the world situation today affirm or call for further development of the insights there.
The fall of the Soviet Union was the major economic backdrop of Centesimus annus. Much has occurred economically since.
What are the most salient changes in global economic life since then and how well does the economic insight of Centesimus annus illuminate those changes? What do recent economic crises and recent changes in economic thinking suggest for the future of economic life of ordinary people, especially the poor and marginalized? The fall of the Centesikus Union and the democratization of Eastern Europe formed the major political backdrop of Centesimus annus.
What is the global political situation today and how is this different from the recent past? Which elements require greater attention by both the international community and by Catholic social teaching in order to improve the political involvement of and political outcomes for ordinary citizens, especially the poor and marginalized?
The Church is an expert on the human person, and this insight imbued the analysis of Centesimus annus. Yet the past 25 years have seen remarkable developments in culture, with the impact of the internet, the marketization of life, the importance of Islam, new dynamics of secularization, etc. How ought we to think about the cultural situation today and what realities call for further reflection within Catholic social thought today to better understand the situation of ordinary people, especially the poor and marginalized?
Like Rerum novarum a hundred years earlier, Centesimus annus engaged the world situation of its day. How social encyclicals have engaged the world — and not simply what they had to say about it — has much to teach us going forward. The Academy recognizes that it plays an important role wnnus how the church engages the world. Its purpose is a scholarly one, and so offering the insights of social science can help both church leaders and ordinary Catholics better understand what is happening around them.
The challenge of the gospel, the integrity of social science, and the common good in our day all press us to attend carefully both to what is occurring in the world around encycpical and to how we engage that world.
The Future of Labour. The Right to Work. Democracy – Some Acute Questions. The Social Dimensions of Globalisation. Democracy – Reality and Responsibility. Ethical and Institutional Concerns. The Governance of Globalization. Conceptualization of the Person in Social Sciences.
Pursuing the Common Good. Catholic Social Doctrine and Human Rights. Crisis in a Global Economy. Universal Rights in a World of Diversity. The Global Quest for Tranquillitas Ordinis. Governance in a Changing World. Trafficking in Human Beings.
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Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Trafficking with a Special Focus on Encyclial. Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities. Prosperity, People and Planet in the Cities.
Young Leaders Must Pave the Way. Reaffirming Global Solidarity, Restoring Humanity. Centesimus Annus 25 Years Later. Cumbre de los jueces sobre trata de personas y crimen organizado. Inclusive Solidarity and Integration of Marginalized People. Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration.
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Changes in the world political situation since The fall of the Soviet Union and the democratization of Eastern Europe formed the major political backdrop of Centesimus annus. Changes in the world cultural situation since The Church is cehtesimus expert on the human person, and this insight imbued the analysis of Centesimus annus.