Convolutions in Veritate

By James Matthew Wilson for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

Devon, PA.  In the near future, I hope to offer a few essays on Catholic Social Doctrine, and, of course, on Caritas in Veritate in particular.  I have not yet had time to study that encyclical, only to skim it, but what I noticed even in the quoted highlights in published responses to it was the ugliness and even jargon-infested circularity of some of its prose.  A long time reader of Benedict’s theology, I found myself looking at tangles of thread that pretended to be sentences.  While I am confident the fabric as a whole will appear in order as soon as I have had time to give it proper attention, I am relieved that this blemished curial style has garnered some attention, as it does here.

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