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Bishop David Ricken: Reaction to Pope Benedict XVI's new document "Caritas in Veritate" (Charity in Truth)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In these days and months of crisis since the deterioration of economic conditions here in the United States and throughout the world, Pope Benedict XVI "Caritas in Veritate" is providing a context by which individuals and nation States can evaluate the present problems and their causes. It also helps us to realize how interdependent all countries and economies have become and we must understand the global ramifications of all major decisions in this regard.

Building on the rich social justice teaching tradition of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict points out emphatically the great need for a “true political authority, one regulated by law” that will observe objective moral principles and will build toward the common good.

Benedict calls us “to re-plan our journey, to set ourselves new rules and to discover new forms of commitment.” He calls this present moment an “opportunity for discernment.” This is a deciding moment in the history of the world. Will we, as a global community, make the right moral decisions that take into account fundamental moral mandates that strive to bring civilization to a simpler and truer way of living? That is the question before us.

I think this document will give national, civic, religious and economic leaders the background they need to make decisions that will be fruitful and beneficial for all.

God bless you and your loved ones!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, DD, JCL
Bishop of Green Bay


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