Category Archives: Pacem In Terris

Pope John XXIII on Insufficient Influence

In our own day, … as regards the preservation of the security and peace of the whole world … the rulers of individual nations, being all on an equal footing, largely fail in their efforts to achieve this, however much … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 166-172: The Prince of Peace

Let’s conclude a letter tonight. First, an ackowledgement that the world situation in 1963 was a serious source of stress for all people: 166. Our concern here has been with problems which are causing (people) extreme anxiety at the present … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 163-165: An Immense Task

Peace on Earth: the harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few. We are approaching the end of this encyclical letter. We have a long way to go … 163. Hence among the very serious obligations incumbent upon (people) of … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 161-162: Little by Little

Does reform and renewal always have to be so slow? The impatient traveler in the back seat cries, “Are we there yet?!” Sometimes the answers, respectively, are yes and no: 161. There are indeed some people who, in their generosity … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 159-160: Philosophies and Historical Movements

Pope John advises us to be open to non-Christian philosophies that include laudable elements: 159. Again it is perfectly legitimate to make a clear distinction between a false philosophy of the nature, origin and purpose of (human beings) and the … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 158: Error and the Errant

Are separated Christians or non-believers–or anyone, really–just making an error? Or is there some inherent blindness to the truth? I think one might be hard-pressed to suggest every errant person is always blameless or always responsible. In any event, it does … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 157: Relations Between Catholics and Non-Catholics in Social and Economic Affairs

Today in Pacem in Terris, we read we can cooperate fruitfully with separated Christians or even non-believers: 157. The principles We have set out in this document take their rise from the very nature of things. They derive, for the … Continue reading

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