Monday, September 4, 2017

JUST PUBLISHED: Pope Francis and the Caring Society

Pope Francis and the Caring Society edited by Robert M. Whaples

From the blurb:

Pope Francis and the Caring Society is a thoughtful exploration of the Pope’s earnest call for a dialogue on building a truly compassionate society. Francis’s fervent support for uplifting the poor and protecting the environment has inspired far-reaching discussions worldwide: Do capitalism and socialism have positive or negative social consequences? What is the most effective way to fight poverty? And what value does a religious perspective offer in addressing moral, political, and economic problems?
Pope Francis and the Caring Society is an indispensable resource for consideration of these vital questions. Edited by Robert M. Whaples, with a foreword by Michael Novak, the book provides an integrated perspective on Francis and the issues he has raised, examining the intersection of religion, politics, and economics. Readers will discover important historical and cultural context for considering Francis’s views, along with alternative solutions for environmental preservation, a defense of Francis’s criticism of power and privilege, a case for market-based entrepreneurship and private charity as potent tools for fighting poverty, and an examination of Francis’s philosophy of the family. Pope Francis and the Caring Society is essential reading for anyone interested in creating a better, more caring, and prosperous world.
Read the foreword by Michael Novak here.

Judging from the foreword, this appears to be a book that attempts to put the best classical liberal light on a Pope who gives all the signals of being a hard core socialist. In this sense, it is an important book. It will provide us with clues to where Pope Francis may actually have some free market leanings---if indeed there are any such leanings at all by the Pope.

Order here:

1 comment:

  1. Remember the old joke "is the Pope Catholic?" Well it's now a legitimate question.