Intentions of the Holy Father for April

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

Caritas in Veritate

It's a funny little thing that the Holy Father did with the title of the encyclical that he released today. The title is Caritas in veritate. It means "love in truth," (not, by the way, "love truly" as the English may be construed; in Latin, that would be different). Now, even though the encyclical JUST CAME OUT, there is already all sorts of commentary being printed about it. How can these people have read it? Perhaps they have advance copies, dear reader, but I haven't. And I haven't read a word of it yet. But I have noticed one thing that none of the commentators have mentioned.

The title's wrong. It's backwards. The Holy Father is, I presume, quoting the scripture verse:

"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love," (Eph 4:15-16).

Well, I also presume that the Holy Father knows what he is doing, and so he has done it deliberately. But why? That's a good question. Let's read the encyclical (by clicking here) and find out.

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