Fratelli Tutti Outline

Anticipated, criticized in advance on some fronts, the third Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis arrived today, his first in five years.

I scanned it briefly to produce the outline below, which will give you a notion of the topics it covers and why some people are nervous about it. The numbers are the paragraphs. The total document comes in at over 40,000 words. Here’s the layout of chapter and section topics:

(Introduction)    1-8

  • WITHOUT BORDERS (3-8)

CHAPTER ONE: DARK CLOUDS OVER A CLOSED WORLD (9-55)

  • SHATTERED DREAMS (10-14)
  • LACKING A PLAN FOR EVERYONE (15-28)
  • GLOBALIZATION AND PROGRESS WITHOUT A SHARED ROADMAP (29-31)
  • PANDEMICS AND OTHER CALAMITIES IN HISTORY (32-36)
  • AN ABSENCE OF HUMAN DIGNITY ON THE BORDERS (37-41)
  • THE ILLUSION OF COMMUNICATION (42-50)
  • FORMS OF SUBJECTION AND OF SELF-CONTEMPT (51-53)
  • HOPE (54-55)

CHAPTER TWO: A STRANGER ON THE ROAD (56-86)

  • The context (57-62)
  • Abandoned on the wayside (63-68)
  • A story constantly retold (69-71)
  • The characters of the story (72-76)
  • Starting anew (77-79)
  • Neighbours without borders (80-83)
  • The plea of the stranger (84-86)

CHAPTER THREE: ENVISAGING AND ENGENDERING AN OPEN WORLD (87-127)

  • MOVING BEYOND OURSELVES (88-94)
  • A LOVE EVER MORE OPEN (95-100)
  • BEYOND A WORLD OF “ASSOCIATES” (101-105)
  • A UNIVERSAL LOVE THAT PROMOTES PERSONS (106-111)
  • PROMOTING THE MORAL GOOD (112-117)
  • RE-ENVISAGING THE SOCIAL ROLE OF PROPERTY (118-127)

CHAPTER FOUR: A HEART OPEN TO THE WHOLE WORLD (128-153)

  • BORDERS AND THEIR LIMITS (129-132)
  • RECIPROCAL GIFTS (133-141)
  • LOCAL AND UNIVERSAL (142-153)

CHAPTER FIVE: A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS (154-197)

  • FORMS OF POPULISM AND LIBERALISM (155-169)
  • INTERNATIONAL POWER (170-175)
  • SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHARITY (176-185)
  • THE EXERCISE OF POLITICAL LOVE (186-192)
  • FRUITFULNESS OVER RESULTS (193-197)

CHAPTER SIX: DIALOGUE AND FRIENDSHIP IN SOCIETY (198-224)

  • SOCIAL DIALOGUE FOR A NEW CULTURE (199-214)
  • A NEW CULTURE (215-221)
  • RECOVERING KINDNESS (222-224)

CHAPTER SEVEN: PATHS OF RENEWED ENCOUNTER (225-270)

  • STARTING ANEW FROM THE TRUTH (226-227)
  • THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF PEACE (228-235)
  • THE VALUE AND MEANING OF FORGIVENESS (236-245)
  • MEMORY (246-254)
  • WAR AND THE DEATH PENALTY (255-270)

CHAPTER EIGHT: RELIGIONS AT THE SERVICE OF FRATERNITY IN OUR WORLD (271-287)

  • THE ULTIMATE FOUNDATION (272-80)
  • RELIGION AND VIOLENCE (281-87)

Postscript

  • A Prayer to the Creator 
  • An Ecumenical Christian Prayer

It looks like I’ll be blogging well into next year. As with previous documents as they’ve arrived, I’ll be mostly ignoring other commentators outside of this site. Your comments, as always, are welcome. Especially if they diverge from mine or the Holy Father’s.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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