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Caritas in Veritate: man as the engine of the economy

2009-07-29

Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi
Former Secretary, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
"The most decisive and departing point of the encyclical is this one: “God is love, God is Charity and God is truth”.

Archbishop Crepaldi says that in this encyclical the pope aims to send a message of hope and responsibility to humanity.

Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi
Former Secretary, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

"In the Encyclical "Caritas in veritate" the pope says: "Let’s bring fraternity into economic activities. The market is not a place where I live and you die but a place where goods and services are exchanged in a way that instead of decreasing fraternity among people, it increases it".

He points out that the pope denounces the idea that the market is the engine of society because this idea goes against the Christian perspective.

Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi
Former Secretary, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

"The Pope says that in order to solve the crisis we have to give a different meaning to the market, to the economy and to the finance, namely to give these three realities a humanistic perspective."

And he explains that this encyclical cannot be perceived simply as a document aimed at solving the economic crisis. 

That’s why he emphasizes Benedict XVI’s message about the environment in which the pope seeks to merge respect for life with respect for nature.

Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi
Former Secretary, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

"First he says that humans are more important than nature and then he says that nature must be respected. These two proposals are very significant because some give more weight to nature and humiliate man, and other destroy nature to the point of causing natural disasters".

Crepaldi says that now is the time to carefully study the various themes of the encyclical, think about the message that unifies the ideas of the document and put its teachings into practice. 

DG