A new Catholic social manifesto? The Compendium

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By Bruce Duncan CSsR
Compass: a Review of Topical Theology, 39, 2 (Winter 2005), 38-44.

Reflecting Pope John Paul II’s passionate engagement with the great social issues of our day, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church will stand as a key resource for some years. Yet it is not an easy document to assess, since it encompasses such a wide field of topics and issues. Because of the limitations of space, this review will outline the scope of the Compendium, skipping much of the detail about specific areas, and raise some questions and criticisms.

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