Truth, Charity, and the Dismal Science: An Economist’s Response to Caritas In Veritate

Pecchenino, Rowena A. (2011) Truth, Charity, and the Dismal Science: An Economist’s Response to Caritas In Veritate. Irish Theological Quarterly, 73 (3). pp. 278-292.

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In Caritas In Veritate Pope Benedict XVI decries the present state of the world socially, politically, economically, and judicially. He sets out what should be so that each and every person can attain authentic human development, rather than remain mired in physical or spiritual poverty. While Caritas In Veritate calls upon economies, governments, and institutions to be and to do more, it fails to provide direction in terms of specific, feasible, incentive compatible socio-economic policies by which these goals can be achieved. By identifying the essential message of Caritas In Veritate, from the perspective of economics rather than theology, this article determines whether or not the temporal human development goals can be achieved, and if so, how.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Postprint version of published article. The definitive version of this article can be found at: DOI: 10.1177/0021140011405727 . Truth, Charity and the Dismal Science, Rowena A. Pecchenino, Irish Theological Quarterly 2011 76: 278
Keywords: charity; common good; economics; societal welfare; truth;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
Item ID: 3596
Depositing User: Prof. Rowena Pecchenino
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2012 15:28
Journal or Publication Title: Irish Theological Quarterly
Publisher: St. Patrick's College Maynooth
Refereed: Yes

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