The Pope's Call for Charity: An examination of Benedict XVI's encyclical on the economy

America is pleased to offer this commentary on Pope Benedict XVI's "Caritas in Veritate" from two frequent contributors.

Columnist Maryann Cusimano Love compares the parlous state of the U.S. economy to a Nigerian email scam, where truth and trust are in short shupply, and applauds Benedict for recognizing that the global economic meltdown is "a moral failure, an absence of truth, trust, love, justice and the common good." Read "A Call for Truth and Trust."

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Bishop Blase Cupich of Rapid City, South Dakota, writes that these serious times call for serious thinking, and the moral obligation issued by the pope requires our fixed attention. Read "Serious Thinking."

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