Social Teaching

The social thought of Pope John Paul II has attracted many of his contemporaries because of his personal experience under the communist regime. This section includes articles and books that deal with the social teaching of the Catholic Church as developed by the Supreme Pontiff.

Acts of the United Nations Seminar on Centesimus Annus: John Paul's Latest Social Encyclical. L'Osservatore Romano 47 (1991): Supplement, i - xii.

After 1991: Capitalism and Ethics. A Colloquium in the Vatican 1992. Vatican City: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 1992.

Andrè -Vincent, I. (Phillipe). Les Droits de L'Homme Dans L'Enseignement de Jean Paul II. Paris: Librairie Générale de Droit et de Jurisprudence, 1983.

Aristide, Jean-Bertrand. Théologie et Politique. Montréal: Les éditions du CIDIHCA, 1992.

Aubert, Robert, et al. The Christian Centuries, vol. 5: The Church in a Secularized Society. New York: Paulist Press and London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1978.

Barta, Russel. "Work: In Search of New Meanings." Chicago Studies 23 (August 1984): 155-168.

Baum, Gregory. "The Anti-Cold War Encyclical." The Ecumenist 26 (1988): 65-74.

-----. "Capitalism ex cathedra." Health Progress 73 (April 1992): 44-48.

-----. "Laborem Exercens." in The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought. Edited by Judith A. Dwyer: Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1994, 527-535

-----. The Priority of Labor: A Commentary on "Laborem Exercens": Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II. New York: Paulist Press, 1982.

Baum, Gregory and Robert Ellsberg, eds. The Logic of Solidarity: Commentaries on Pope John Paul II's Encyclical on Social Concern. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1990.

Bayer, Richard C. "Christian Personalism and Democratic Capitalism." Horizons 21 (1994): 313-331.

Bedoyere, Quentin de la. "Man and His Work." The Tablet 235 (1981): 1192-1194.

Beigel, Gerard. Faith and Social Justice in the Teaching of Pope John Paul II. New York: American University Studies, 1997.

Bianchi, Eugene C. and Rosemary Radford Reuther, eds. A Democratic Catholic Church and the Reconstruction of Roman Catholicism. New York: Crossroad, 1992.

Boff, Leonardo. Church, Charism and Power. London: SCM Press, 1985.

-----. Liberation Theology: from Confrontation to Dialogue. New York: Harper & Row, 1986.

Bowe, Paul. "Centesimus Annus." Doctrine and Life 41 (1991): 312-318, 324-331.

-----. "Sollicitudo Rei Socialis: A Commentary on the Encyclical." Doctrine and Life 38 (1988): 227-233.

Brovedani, E. "Giovanni Paolo II e la scienza." Aggiornamenti sociali 24 (1984): 9-10.

Brown, Lester R. Our Democratically Divided World. Washington, D.C.: Worldwatch Institute, 1986.

Brzezínski, Zbigniew. Power and Principle. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983.

Burns, Gene. The Frontiers of Catholicism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Buttiglione, Rocco. "Behind Centesimus Annus." Crisis 9 (June 1991): 8-9.

-----. "Christian Economics 101." Crisis (July-August 1991): 8- 9.

Byron, William J. "Solidarity, Path to Development and Peace." America 158 (1988): 445-446.

Caldecott, Stratford. "Cosmology, Eschatology, Ecology: Some Reflections on Sollicitudo Rei Socialis." Cummunio 15 (1988): 305-318.

Calvez, Jean-Yves. "Sollicitudo Rei Socialis." in The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought. Edited by Judith A. Dwyer. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1994, 912-917.

Carrier, Hervè, S. J. The Social Doctrine of the Church Revisited. Vatican City: Vatican Polyglot Press, 1990.

Cassin, R. Religions et Droits de l'Homme. Amicorum discipulorumque Liber. (1972): 97.

-----. "Le Droits de l'Homme." RCADI 140 (1974): 330.

Charrier, Fernando. "Labor and Capital." L'Osservatore Romano 42 (1981): 8.

Cox, Harvey. The Secular City. New York: Collier Books, Macmillan, 1990.

-----. The Silencing of Leonardo Boff. Oak Park, Illinois: Meyer-Stone Books, 1988.

D'Amato, Al. Power, Pasta and Politics. New York: Hyperion, 1995.

de La Chappelle, P. La Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l'Homme et le Catholicisme. Paris: L.G.D.J., 1967.

de Laubier, Patrick. La Pensée Sociale de L'église Catholique: Un Idéal Historique de Léon XIII à Jean Paul II. Paris: Editions Albatros, 1980.

Desto, Robert A. "Laborem Exercens." in A Century of Catholic Social Thought. Edited by George Weigel and Robert Royal. Lanham: University Press of America 1991. 145-161.

Donahue, Thomas R. Trade Union Perspective of Laborem Exercens. Washington: American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1982.

d'Onorio, J. B., ed. Le Saint-Siège dans les relations internationales. Paris: Cerf, 1989.

Dorr, Donal. "The New Social Encyclical." The Furrow 32 (1981): 700-712.

Duncan, Roger. "On Reading Laborem Exercens." Homiletic and Pastoral Review 86 (July 1986): 11-19.

Etchegary, Roger. "Presentation at the Press Conference for the Presentation of Centesimus Annus." L'Osservatore Romano 18 (1991): 1, 4.

-----. "Presentation at the Press Conference for the Publication of Sollicitudo Rei Socialis." L'Osservatore Romano 9 (1988): 14.

Ethical and Pastoral Dimensions of Population Trends. Vatican City: Pontifical Council for the Family, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1994.

Faley, Roland James. "Pope as Prophet: The New Social Encyclical." America 158 (1988): 447-450.

Fantoli, Annibale. Galileo: per il Copernicanesimo e per la Chiesa. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1993.

"Fasting and Solidarity": Pontifical Messages for Lent. Vatican City: Pontifical Council Cor Unum. 1991.

Faulhaber, Robert William. "The Church and Culture - John Paul II's 'On Human Work'." Listening 18 (1983): 103-118.

Filibeck, Giorgio. Les Droits de l'Homme dans l'Enseignement de l'Église: De Jean XXIII à Jean-Paul II. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1992.

-----. The Social Teaching of John Paul II: Human Rights . Vatican City Press, 1980.

Fiore, Benjamin. "Laborem Exercens." in The Thought of John Paul II: A Collection of Essays and Studies. Edited by John M. McDermott. Rome: Gregorian University Press, 1983, 231-236.

Fitte, Hernan. Lavoro umano e redenzione. Riflessione teologica dalla Gaudium et Spes alla Laborens Exercens. (=Studi di Teologia 4), Armando Editore, 1996.

----------------. Fonti documentarie del magistero sociale della Chiesa (1891-1991), a cura di G. Campanini, A. Colombo, V. Ugga, quaderno 1, November 1993, Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, centro Ricerche per lo studio della dottrina sociale della Chiesa.

Fonseca, Aloysius J. "Reflections on the Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis." Gregorianum 70 (1989): 5-24.

Fortin, Ernest L. "Free Markets Have Their Limits: Three Cheers For Capitalism." Crisis 10 (November 1992): 20-25.

Gargantini, Mario. I Papi E La Scienza: Antologia del magistero della Chiesa sulla questione scientifica da Leone XIII a Giovanni Paolo II. Milano: Jaca Book, 1985.

Gini, Al. "Meaningful Work and the Rights of the Worker: A Commentary on Rerum Novarum and Laborem Exercens." Thought 67 (1992): 225-239.

Ginsburg, Helen. "Teachings of John Paul II on Work and Rights of Workers." Social Thought 13 (Spring/Summer 1987): 46-59.

Glemp, Jozef. "Human Work in the Teaching of Our Holy Father John Paul II." in John Paul II: A Panorama of His Teachings. Preface by Joseph Bernardin. New York: New City Press, 1989, 144-160.

Guttierrez, Gustavo. The Pope and Revolution: John Paul II Confronts Liberation Theology. Washington, D. C.: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1982.

Guttierrez, Gustavo, Francis McDonagh, Cândido Padin O. S. B. and John Sobrino, S. J. Santo Domingo and After: The Challenges for the Latin American Church. London: Catholic Institute for International Relations, 1993.

Haas, Richard: "The Market Place." Living Prayer 27 (July/August 1994): 10-11.

Habiger, Matthew. Papal Teaching on Private Property 1891 - 1981. Lanham: University Press of America, 1990.

-----. "Reflections on Centesimus Annus." Social Justice Review 82 (1991): 139-142.

-----. "Situating Sollicitudo Rei Socialis in Catholic Social Teaching." Social Justice Review 79 (1988): 138-144.

Hanson, Eric O. The Catholic Church in World Politics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1987.

Hauerwas, Stanley. "In Praise of Centesimus Annus." in To Do Justice and Right Upon Earth. Edited by Mary E. Stamps. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1993. 63-83.

Hebblethwaite, Margaret. Basic Is Beautiful: Base Ecclesial Communities From Third World to First World. London: HaperCollins, 1993.

Heckel, Roger. The Social Teaching of John Paul II: Basis for Motivations and Ways of the Church's Intervention on Socio-Political Issues. Vatican City Press, 1981.

-----. "Continuity and Renewal." L'Osservatore Romano 40 (1981): 4-5.

-----. The Social Teaching of John Paul II: General Aspects of the Social Catechesis of John Paul II - The Use of the Expression 'Social Doctrine' of the Church. Vatican City Press, 1980.

-----. The Social Teaching of John Paul II: The Human Person and Social Structures. Vatican City Press, 1980.

-----. The Social Teaching of John Paul II: Religious Freedom. Vatican City Press, 1980.

-----. The Social Teaching of John Paul II: The Theme of Liberation. Vatican City Press, 1980.

-----. The Struggle Against Racism: Some Contributions of the Church. Vatican City Press, 1979.

Hehir, J. Bryan. "Challenge to a Tradition." Commonweal 108 (1981): 522.

-----. "Papal Foreign Policy." Foreign Policy (Spring 1990).

-----. "Reordering the World." Commonweal (June 14, 1991): 393-394.

-----. "Taking on the Super-Rivals: Reactions to the Pope's Latest Encyclical." Commonweal 115 (1988): 169-170.

Hennelly, Alfred T. "Pope John Paul's Spirituality of Work." America 146 (1982): 31-33.

Higgins, George G. with William Bole. Organized Labor and the Church. Mahweh, NJ: Paulist Press, 1993.

Hittinger, Russell. "The Pope and the Liberal State." First Things 28 (1992): 33-41.

Hoffe, Otfried. Jean Paul II et les Droits de l'Homme. Fribourg: Édition Saint-Paul, 1980.

Hollenbach, David. "Christian Social Ethics After the Cold War." Theological Studies 53 (1992): 75-95.

-----. "The Pope and Capitalism." America 164 (1991): 590-591.

The Holy See at the Service of Peace: Pope John Paul II's Addresses to the Diplomatic Corps (1978- 1988). Vatican City: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 1988.

Houck, John W. and Oliver F. Williams, eds. Co-creation and Capitalism: John Paul II's Laborem Exercens. Washington D.C.: University Press of America, 1983.

Human Rights and the Church: Historical and Theological Reflections. Vatican City: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 1990.

International Economics: Interdependence and Dialogue. Vatican City: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 1984.

Joblin, Joseph, S.J. "Doctrine et action sociale: Reflexion Sur l'Évolution du Movement Social Chrétien Avant et Après Rerum Novarum." Rerum Novarum Laborem Exercens 2000: Symposium (1982): 89-114.

Johnson, Paul. Pope John Paul II and the Catholic Restoration. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981.

Kaiser, R. B. The Politics of Sex and Religion. Kansas City, MO: Leaven Press, 1985.

Kelley, John J. "The Silence About Subsidiarity." America 145 (1981): 382-383.

Kennedy, Robert G. Dignity of Work: John Paul II Speaks to Managers and Workers. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1994.

Keston College. Religion in Communist Lands, Vol. 9 Nos. 1 - 2.

Kiliroor, Matthew. "Social Doctrine in Sollicitudo Rei Socialis." The Month 21 (1988): 711-714.

Krys, Roman. "Collective Political Human Rights According to Pope John Paul II." Revue Belge de Droit International (1981).

-----. "Individual Human Rights According to Pope John Paul II." Revue de Droit International de Sciences Diplomatiques et Politiques 3.

Kuzcynski, Janusz. "To Elevate the World: The Potential of Pope John Paul II's Pontificate." Dialectics and Humanism, The Polish Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 6 (1979): 3-27.

Lader, Lawrence. Politics, Power and the Church: The Catholic Crisis and Its Challenge to American Pluralism. New York: Macmillan, 1987.

Langan, Thomas. "The Strained Theology of Gregory Baum." This World 6 (Fall 1983): 71-84.

Lawler, Philip F., ed. Papal Economics. Washington: Heritage Foundation, 1981.

Loades, Anne L., ed. "On Centesimus Annus." Theology 95 (1992): 405-432.

Lopinski, Maciej, Marcin Moskit and Mariusz Wilk. Konspira: Solidarity Underground. Berkeley: University of Berkeley Press, 1990.

Lynn, Thomas D. "Of Politics, Catholics and the Social Doctrine." Social Justice Review 84 (1993): 18-21.

Mahoney, Roger M. "Perspectives for Viewing the Social Concerns Encyclical." Origins 18 (1988): 69-72.

McCormick, Patrick. "Centesimus Annus." in The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought. Edited by Judith A. Dwyer. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1994. 132-143.

-----. "That They May Converse: Voices of Catholic Social Thought." Cross Currents 42 (Winter 1992): 521-527.

McDermott, John M. ed. The Thought of Pope John Paul II. Rome: Gregorian University, 1993.

McGurn, William. "Sollicitudo Rei Socialis." in A Century of Catholic Social Thought. Edited by George Weigel and Robert Royal. Lanham: University Press of America, 1991, 163-176.

Morneau, Robert F. "The Church's Social Concerns: Ten Lessons." Emmanuel 95 (1989): 70-73.

-----. Themes and Theses of Six Recent Papal Documents: A Commentary. New York: Alba House, 1985, 111-135.

Mourgeon, J. Les Droits de l'Homme. Paris: PUF, 1978.

Murphy, William, Msgr. The Social Teaching of John Paul II: The Person, the Nation and the State. Vatican City Press, 1980.

Myers, Kenneth A., ed. Aspiring to Freedom: Commentaries on John Paul II's Encyclical "The Social Concerns of the Church." Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988.

Naughton, Michael J. "The Virtuous Manager and Centesimus Annus." Social Justice Review 85 (1994): 150-152.

Nell-Breuning , Oswald V. Soziallehre der Kirche: Erlauterungen der lehramtlichen Dokumente. Zurich: Eropaverlag, 1983.

-----. Arbeit vor Kapital: Kommentar zur Enzyklika Laborem Exercens von Johannes Paul II. Zurich: Europaverlag, 1983.

Neuhaus, Richard John. Doing Well and Doing Good: The Challenge to the Christian Capitalist. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

-----. "John Paul's 'Second Thoughts' on Capitalism." First Things 41 (1994): 65-67.

Novak, Michael. The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York: The Free Press, 1993.

-----. Catholic Social Thought and Liberal Institutions. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2nd.

-----. The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992.

Preston R. H. "Centesimus Annus: An Appraisal." Theology 95 (1992): 405-416.

Preston, Ronald. "Twenty Years After Populorum Progressio: An Appraisal of Pope John Paul's Commemorative Encyclical." Theology 92 (1989): 519-525.

Preston, Ronald H. "Pope John Paul II on Work." Theology 86 (January 1983): 19-24.

Przetacznik, Frank. The Catholic Concept of Genuine and Just Peace as a Basic Collective Human Right. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1991.

Quade, Quentin, ed. The Pope and the Revolution: John Paul II Confronts Liberation Theology. Washington, D. C.: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1982.

Rauscher, Anton. "Laborem Exercens Within the Context of the Church's Commitment to the Work of Peace and Justice." Rerum Novarum Laborem Exercens 2000: Symposium (1982): 179.

Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity. Vatican City: Pontifical Council for the Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Libraria Editrice Vaticana, 1992.

Romero, Oscar Archbishop. "La Liberación Integral en América Latina." Opiniones Latinoamericanas (June 1979).

Roos, Lothar. "On Theology and Ethics of Work." Communio 11 (1984): 136-144.

Rossi, Romano, Msgr. The Social Teaching of John Paul II: Human Labor. Vatican City Press, 1981.

Schall, James. "The Teaching of Centesimus Annus." Gregorianum 74 (1993): 17-43.

Schall, James V., S. J. , ed. "Capitalism, Business and Human Priorities." in J. W. Houck and O. F. Williams, eds. The Judeo-Christian Vision of the Modern Corporation. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1982.

-----. The Church, the State and Society in the Thought of John Paul II. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1982.

-----. Sacred in All Its Forms. Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1984.

-----. "The Unexpected Encyclical." Social Justice Review (September/October 1991): 143-147.

Schambeck, Herbert. "State Cannot Create Human Values but Only Respect and Promote Them." L'Osservatore Romano 35 (1995): 6.

Schotte, Jan. "The Social Teaching of the Church: Laborem Exercens, A New Challenge." Review of Social Economy 40 (1982): 340-357.

Schotte, Jan, C. I. C. M. and the Pontificia Commissio Justitia et Pax , eds. Rerum Novarum Laborem Exercens 2000: Symposium. Rome: Instituto Pio XI, 1982.

Selling, Joseph A. "The Theological Presuppositions of Centesimus Annus." Louvain Studies 17 (Spring 1192): 35-47.

Seminar on Pope John Paul II's Encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis. L'Osservatore Romano 45 (1988): Supplement, i - viii.

Six, Jean-François. Church and Human Rights. United Kingdom: Saint Paul Publications, 1992.

"Socialism and Antheism." Dialectics and Humanism, The Polish Philosophical Quarterly (January 1987).

"The Solidarity Encyclical." Editorial. America 158 (1988): 251.

"Sollicitudo Rei Socialis." Editorial. Commonweal 115 (1988): 131-132.

Sorge, Bartolome. "Laborem Exercens: Toward a New Solidarity." in Official Catholic Social Teaching: Readings in Moral Theology. Edited by Charles Curran and Richard McCormick. Vol. 5. New York: Paulist Press, 1986, 241-246.

Spasowski, Romuald. The Liberation of One. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986.

Spiazzi, Raimondo. I documenti sociali della Chiesa. Da Pio IX a Giovanni Paolo II (1864 - 1982). Milan: Massimo, 1983.

-----. "Gospel of Work and Dignity of Man." L'Osservatore Romano 41 (1981): 9-10.

Suro, Roberto. "The Writing of Sollicitudo Rei Socialis: A Behind-the-Scenes Account." Critic 6 (May 1988): 13-18.

"Symposium on Centesimus Annus." The Pope Speaks 37 (1992): 80-82.

Traffas, John R. "The Spirit of Community and the Spirituality of Work: A Note on Laborem Exercens." Communio 10 (1983): 407-411.

Tucker, Jeffrey A. "Papal Economics 101: The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism." Crisis 9 (June 1991): 16-21.

Turner, Frank. "John Paul II's Social Analysis." The Month 24 (1991): 344-349.

Utz, Arthur F. "Centesimus Annus Gives Us a Profoundly Ethical View of Social and Economic Politics." L'Osservatore Romano 28 (1991): 8, 10.

Various Authors. John Paul II: A Panorama of His Teaching. New York: New York City Press, 1989.

Vasak, K. Les Dimensions Internationales des Droits de l'Homme. UNESCO, 1978.

Villey, M. Philosophie du Droit. Paris: Dalloz, 1979.

Volf, Miroslav. "On Human Work: An Evaluation of the Key Ideas of the Encyclical Laborem Exercens." Scottish Journal of Theology 37 (1984): 65-67.

Walsh, Michael and Brian Davies, eds. Proclaiming Justice and Peace. Mystic CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1991.

Weigel, George, ed. A New Worldly Order: John Paul II and Human Freedom. Washington, D. C.: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1991.

White, Robert Edward. "Blaming the Villains, Not the Victim: John Paul II and the Superpowers." Commonweal 115 ( 1988): 555-559.

Williams, George Huntston. The Contours of the Church and State in Thought of John Paul II. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 1983.

-----. The Law of Nations and the Book of Nature. Collegeville, Minnesota: St. John's University Press, 1984.

-----.The Mind of John Paul II: Origins of His Thought and Action. New York: Seabury Press, 1981.

Williams, Oliver F. and John W. Houck, eds. The Making of an Economic Vision: John Paul II's "On Social Concern." Lanham: University Press of America, 1991.

Williams, Paul L., ed. Catholic Social Thought and the Teaching of John Paul II. Scranton, PA: Northeast Books, 1983.

Wood, Jr., James E. and Derek Davis, eds. The Role of Religion in the Making of Public Policy. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 1991.

Woodrow, Alain. "The Pope's Challenge to Western Democracy." The Tablet 249 (1995): 448-449.

Wright, Clive. "Work, Life-style and Gospel." The Way 34 (April 1994): 126-137.

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