The Church Speaks to the Modern World: The Social Teachings of Leo XIII
Publication Date: October 18, 2021
Discover the modern relevance of Pope Leo XIII's encyclicals in The Church Speaks to the Modern World by Etienne Gilson. This powerful book presents the papal pronouncements of Leo XIII as arranged and indicated by the pope himself – with each one clearly explained by Gilson's insightful introduction, notes, summarization and study. For individuals of all faiths seeking valuable spiritual instruction and guidance, this unique volume provides insights into topics including social justice, education, faith issues and family life – all featuring historically important papal insight that's applicable across religious denominations today. With its engaging style and pertinent content, The Church Speaks to the Modern World is an unrivaled resource for spiritual seekers searching for deeper understanding and contemporary relevance in this essential work.
This is the best collection of Pope Leo XIII’s social teachings. Etienne Gilson’s short introductions to each document help the reader to grasp the sapiential order and cohesion of Pope Leo’s teaching, without getting in the way of the documents themselves. — Pater Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist., lecturer in moral theology, Heiligenkreuz, Austria
“The greatest pope since the Reformation” is a towering figure, basking in the light of all that came before him and casting his protective shadow over everyone who recognizes his greatness. Here, bound in a single volume, are the principal acts of his pontificate introduced and explained by one of the greatest figures of the revival Leo accomplished. Every citizen, every statesman, every parent, every student should read and ponder this book a hundred times. — Alan Fimister, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Theology at Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver CO, Director of the Dialogos Institute, Co-author of Integralism: A Manual of Political Theology
Gilson’s edition, coming just before the Second Vatican Council, presents this teaching in its entirety, something that has been less usual in the post-conciliar period. This republication will contribute greatly to the recovery of the fullness of Catholic teaching on political, social and economic questions. — Dr. Thomas Pink, Professor of Philosophy, King’s College London
Now more than ever we need the sobriety and crystal clarity concerning political, cultural, and economic matters that characterize Pope Leo XIII’s social encyclicals, many of which are unjustly neglected today. This welcome reissue will help to remedy that, and thereby contribute to the good of the Church and of society. — Dr. Edward Feser, Professor of Philosophy, Pasadena City College
Founded on the unchanging principles of the social nature of man and its restoration in Christ, the encyclicals in this volume (with its helpful introduction, notes, and reading guides) speak to every age. For, to paraphrase one very old author, in human affairs, there is finally nothing really new under the sun. — Christopher Zehnder, General Editor, Catholic Textbook Project
The writings of Pope Leo XIII mark a decisive turning point in the history of the Church’s effort to engage modernity. The encyclicals collected in this volume are essential reading for those Catholics who wish to continue this engagement in our own time. These writings make clear that Leo refused to settle for a simple modus vivendi with secular modernity; rather, he saw engagement as but a modern instance of the Church’s perennial mission to bring Christ to the world and the world to Christ. — Christopher Shannon, Associate Professor of History, Christendom College
I found this work to be a great commentary on Leo XIII’s social thought as evidenced in his encyclicals. The volume was easy to read and a great way to study CST.