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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It is part of a larger body of writings, known as Catholic social teachingthat trace their origin to Rerum novarum centrsimus ultimately the New Testament. It was one of fourteen encyclicals issued by John Paul II. Written induring the last days of the Cold WarCentesimus annus specifically examines contemporaneous political and economic issues.

The particular historical context in which it was written prompted Pope John Paul II to condemn the horrors of the communist regimes throughout the world. The encyclical expounds on issues of social annuw economic justice.

The encyclical includes a defense of private property rights and the right to form private associations, including labor unions.

It compares socialism to consumerism, identifying atheism as the source of their common denial, the dignity of the human person. The reoccurring themes of social and economic justice mentioned in Centesimus annus articulate foundational beliefs in the social teaching of the Catholic Church. Throughout the encyclical the Pope calls on the State to be the agent of justice for the poor and to protect human rights of all its citizens, repeating a theme from Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum novarum.

When there is question of defending the rights of individuals, the defenceless and the poor have a claim to special consideration.

The richer class has many ways of shielding itself, and stands less in need of help cenhesimus the State; whereas the mass of the poor have no resources of their own to fall back on, and must chiefly depend on the assistance of the State. It is for this reason that wage-earners, since they mostly belong to the latter class, should be specially cared for and protected by the Government [5].


Centesimus Annus 25 Years Later

But Pope John Paul II also defends private property, markets, and honorable business as necessary elements of a system of centeeimus economy that respects the dignity of the individual and allows the individual to express his full humanity. He formulates an Adam Smithian “invisible hand” argument:.

Man fulfills himself by using his intelligence and freedom. In so doing he utilizes the things of this world as objects and instruments and makes them his own. The foundation of the right to private initiative and ownership is to be found in this activity.

By means of his work man commits himself, not only for his own sake but also for others and with others. Each person collaborates in the work of others and for their good.

Man works in order to provide for the needs of his family, his community, his nation, and ultimately all humanity. The Document begins by pointing out various events that happened in the year of but more importantly how it embraced a longer period of the s with dictatorial and oppressive regimes. This chapter expresses the importance of using moral, peaceful and visibility of the truth to diminish dictatorship or whatever they may have had which was negative to society as a whole. This approach was opposite of what the Marxists thought ought to be followed.

Marxist believed that only by social conflict would such matters be able to be resolved. The inefficiency of the economic system in different dimensions was greatly looked down upon as well.

It was made clear that “no political society should ever be confused with the kingdom of God” because many firms because of the industrial developments had a sense of possibly obtaining a “kingdom” due to the wealth and the financial level that they were placed made them feel at a certain stage of perfection.


Overall this chapter is an overview of how the events of had a worldwide importance because of the negative and positive outcomes that it brought upon the whole human society. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Emblem of the Holy See. Divini redemptoris Mit brennender Sorge Non abbiamo bisogno Quadragesimo anno.

Centesimus Annus 25 Years Later

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