Pecchenino, Rowena A.
Truth, Charity, and the Dismal
Science: An Economist’s
Response to Caritas In Veritate.
Irish Theological Quarterly, 73 (3).
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.
||Postprint version of published article. The definitive version of this article can be found at: http://itq.sagepub.com DOI: 10.1177/0021140011405727 . Truth, Charity and the Dismal Science, Rowena A. Pecchenino,
Irish Theological Quarterly 2011 76: 278
||charity; common good; economics; societal welfare; truth;
||Social Sciences > Economics
Prof. Rowena Pecchenino
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