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Pacem In Terris 154-156: Constant Endeavor

Is it easy to apply Christian moral principles in the world? Pope John thinks not: 154. In this connection We think it opportune to point out how difficult it is to understand clearly the relation between the objective requirements of … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 153: Integral Education

Pope John offers a familiar complaint: 153. We consider too that a further reason for this very frequent divorce between faith and practice in Christians is an inadequate education in Christian teaching and Christian morality. In many places the amount … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 151-152: Integration of Faith and Action

Pope John observes a certain de-Christianization fifty years ago. We should be clear that the divorce between Western culture and Christianity is not new, nor could we probably ever claim the West had totally bought in to the “Christian spirit.” … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 149-150: Apostolate of a Trained Laity

Picking up on 147-148, these two sections continue the case for what Pope John terms an “apostolate” in the workplace: 149. And yet even this must be reckoned insufficient to bring the relationships of daily life into conformity with a … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 147-148: Competence, Capacity and Experience

Today in Pacem in Terris, things continue on an evangelical bent, with the suggestion that the laity are in the front lines of bringing the perspective and mind of  Christ into human endeavors: 147. And yet, if they are to … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 146: Pastoral Exhortations

We come to the final major section of Pacem in Terris. In Part V Pope John offers a series of “pastoral exhortations.” Lay people should  not retreat or withdraw from the world, but engage it, and bring Christ to it … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 142-145: Modern Developments

Today’s sections begin with a recounting of post-WWII developments. Nothing theological; just historical and affirming, starting with the UN: 142. The United Nations Organization (U.N.) was established, as is well known, on June 26, 1945. To it were subsequently added … Continue reading

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