Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 19, 2014

Gary J. Scott
Pages 169-193

Is There a Moral School of Economics?
The Profundity and Practicality of Benedict XVI's Economic Logos

Pope Benedict XVI’s social encyclical Caritas in Veritate offers insight into the relationship between theology and economics, between moral principles and economic policy. This article highlights potential obstacles to the reception of the emeritus pope’s arguments, identifies the encyclical’s principal lesson in one key sentence, and argues that there are compelling reasons for scholars and policymakers to consider and even appropriate Benedict’s substantial teaching on the enduring social question.