Cardijn and human development - The rise of lay consciousness

posted 6 Jun 2010, 04:46 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 6 Jun 2010, 05:00 ]
To the surprise of some commentators, Pope Benedict has urged Catholics to regard Pope Paul’s Development of Peoples of 1967 as ‘the Rerum Novarum of the present age’.

Just as Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical, Rerum Novarum, laid the basis for the Church’s social engagement for over a century, Benedict urges us to look at our responsibilities in terms of the global issues of hunger and poverty, of peace and sustainability. Far from backing away, as some had urged, from the social initiatives of the Second Vatican Council, of Popes John XXIII and Paul VI, Benedict is extolling them.

Yet I am sure that Cardijn would be concerned that the voice of the Church on these issues is not being heard clearly enough. The bitter irony is that despite having this marvellous tradition of social concern and involvement by Catholics, many Catholics today know little or nothing of that tradition, and are unfamiliar with what it invites us to now.

Cardijn and human development - The rise of lay consciousness
, Fr. Bruce Duncan, C.Ss.R.

An address to the conference, ‘Rediscovering Joseph Cardijn for the new millennium’, at Cardijn College, Adelaide, South Australia, October 9, 2009