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Like the CEO said, they are a content company now. I would second ALL of this, and thank you for expressing it! My first encounter with LP was in , right before the dawn of the Internet. I used their books on a one-year trip across SEA and India. The LP guide to India was like our bible at the time. Not anymore. I use Trip Advisor and blogs for that now.
I still have this urge to turn to TT for pressing questions but rarely do I ever get useful answers anymore. I like them as well and may start buying them more. I think this coincided with LPs acquisitions of a bunch of other guidebook companies. Friends who are younger than me would never consider buying a guidebook and rely entirely on their cell phones. As more travelers ditch guidebooks, they get worse.
A good guidebook helps you optimize your time. It curates the sights, gives you some suggestions, and you can always supplement with the overload of information on TripAdvisor, Google Maps, Yelp, and other apps. I think this is part of a larger trend across industries to digitize content and get rid of the expensive human editors.
But what we have lost is consistency, perspective, voice, and frankly biased opinions. No app has been able to replicate that. Yeah I used to see the lonely planet as a kind of Bible of travel but the biggest problem nowadays is that they are too generic. The website is particularly useless and not user friendly at all. What would be really great would be guides written by people who know a place inside out. The Huffington Post took a similar route Matt, from high energy to lower energy.
Same deal; change in ownership and a big time change in direction. I still write for HP but noted how when Arianna sold it, the articles instantly went Yellow Journalism. Few uplifting pieces. Fewer not tainted by hate and fear. It seems like there is an opportunity in the market place that maybe Matt and other intrepid travelers can capitalize on. My own crude method is to use TA as a starting point and then gain local knowledge from my AirBNB and other lodging hosts.
I left a longer comment below but agree with you Tim. I just used an app called Sparks getsparks. Lets you ask a question quickly, wait a few minutes, and usually people will reply with their recs. There are those. Travelfish is the best SEA resource in the Internet for curated tourism. The Green Guides from Michelin are the best guides from the historical, architecture etc. Lonely is for children or Americans.
I had a hunch Lonely Planet was going into the dumper a few years ago while I was in Melbourne and the LP office shut down. Never a good sign. I am a Tour Manager and recommend my guests go online to get information about our up coming trips. Visit a City and local blogs give tons of info about any destination. Bottom line …… a company that publishes a quality guide book would need to hire someone that travels in depth to provide excellent local info. Most guide books now use the internet to gather info.
Nothing like being lostish in the alleys of Kathmandu, Marrakech, or even Rome to gather useful intel. If I only knew how to share it with you guys. Really good and extremely helpful in my planning. Was excited about buying the new edition this was about 10 years ago and was stunned to see that it was much much worse. These days, I look at all the guides, but Rough and Moon seem to be always worth looking at although Moon does too little evaluation. That means curation — tell me what are highlights etc. I want someone to make it a little easier for me. I quite looking at them on paper and digitally a few years ago.
I use guidebooks to: 1. Logistics: are these two things really far apart? Is the hike long or short? We just look at the guidebook and then decide. Doing pretrip research into the history etc of the area — makes for a richer experience. Has anyone really come in and filled the gap here? Bought the recent Guide book for Guatemala , different cover, same content as my 1st guide book for Guate 6 years ago! I depended on word of mouth by fellow travellers and locals.
I do like checking ThornTree Forum for pre-trip advice and questions. It is like you said Matt, the strongest part of their website. These days I look for a guidebook in my local library. Then I use TripAdvisor and Booking. For potential flights I use matrix. I use Rough Guides since 4 year ago now, but I mostly get the info from travel blogs like yours. Because I want expert true advice! Thanks for all your knowledge sharing! You are a true inspirational light source!
Still tough to ignore new editions of LP for favored destinations New Zealand, Ireland, Ecuador, Maine… but rely on them more for transport, map, and language sections than au courant recommendations for food and lodging options…seem like they are always 2 years behind from boots on the ground maybe to publishing date so prices can be optimistic there as well. I still like thumbing through a guidebook when on the road, so minimal experience with website issues. Thanks for this alternative, Matt! As someone who has newly started travelling.
Since about Without any preconceived notions or any clue about guide books. Since then I have found that the lonely planet guide books to be useless, well below any other guides out there with subpar content and just a clutter. I have been using rough guides now and like them awhole lot better. When I compare them to lonely planets with fellow travellers we end up using the rough guide all the time. Precise, well organized and update good content.
Been very satisfied with rough guide. Along with rough guides I cut my teeth on reading about places to travel to on l. I completely agree! I actually prefer the Rough Guides. I still have a massive collection of Lonely Planet guidebooks too? I went on recently, and it was just not good. Instead, I tend to use a mix of forums and guidebooks to get any insight. Hi Matt, absolutely agree! These days, even Fodors is better ok maybe not that far. Now a days, I just use this app called Sparks getsparks.
Could be like so many companies… they start off with excellent ideas,… then the accountants take over. Great post Matt! I have learned so much from reading all the comments! Lonely Planet is definitely not the same great company it used to be. I get most of my up to date travel info from you and other fave travel bloggers like Oneika The Traveler. Thanks again! I learned over 15 years ago not to go with LP suggestions for restaurants and accommodation — those I research online, and I almost always book through Booking. The problem with travel websites and blogs is that now there are so many, that the information gets diluted quite a bit, so its hard to find really useful information from travellers all in one place.
The LP thorn tree used to be great for that, since so many people used it, but of course now its a shadow of its former self.
But, some forums are better than others, so it still has some usefulness. I much prefer to hear some opinion and real suggestions. Rough are much more practical. Likewise, for Europe, I will also usually snag a Rick Steves — cuts through the crap and gives truly useful, practical info. I felt comfortable with the layout of the books compared to others on the market. That might have been the last LP title I bought, as the other titles I have subsequently thumbed through also seemed to be sub-par. My go to guide books are Rick Steves and Frommers.
Guides for me are a rough draft in my trip planning, their usefulness depends on what type of trip we want to take. They provide basic information and something to use as starting point in a new city or country. I would agree that they are no longer the guidebooks they once were. I live about metres from their old headquarters in Melbourne and I remember thinking that once the Wheelers were out of the picture, things would inevitably change, probably for the worse.
The city maps for Kolkata were hilariously out of scale and totally useless. I got so lost on my first day there that I wondered if I would just have to go to the airport and start again! I do use the books for planning a trip but I borrow them from the library rather than buying them as they are so quickly out of date. I mostly use the LP language guides for any given country. I dissed a plan to go to Panama based on what I saw with LP. I loved LP, and would have enjoyed being one of their writers, but they never wanted to pay for experts who actually lived in the countries covered.
This policy has accelerated over the years until they have become garbage publishers of grossly overpriced useless info. To get quality content, you have to pay quality writers who genuinely know the territory, not passersby with egos. It was not easy at that time. For islanders Philippines , the first requirement is to get off the island fly or sail ; no train or bus connection to the next country, no budget airlines yet, getting visa was a bitch as always , and European money was different in every country.
It was all I needed — a story for every place mentioned, hostels, transportation, locations, strategies, attractions, to-avoid tourist traps, and even prices…oh, and the DB Deutch Bundesbahn European timetable. Great post Matt. Especially when people are increasingly looking for unique and personalized experiences that are no longer geared towards only mass tourism. Great post, I had never quite put my finger on why I never used LP anymore, but this is it.
I live in a really rural area of Sumatra, and the Lonely Planet is still the best, really only, source. In fact, one whole province was greatly expanded in the newest version of the LP, where before there was basically zero info, anywhere. Yeah, some stuff is already outdated. They seem to come out at three year intervals.
Just the reality of the medium. But SO many of the top results in google are also outdated. Most travel bloggers seem to stick mainly to relatively touristy areas, especially the big ones that survive on paid trips and sponsorships obviously, no one in rural Sumatra has the money to pay a blogger. I am sad about the state of Thorn Tree currently. I would also say that the market itself has changed a LOT. Travellers now want to see a personal blog post, watch Youtube videos, read a lot of Tripadvisor reviews, have direct flights, and be somewhere they can have access to good internet so they can stay up with Instagram and what not.
Backpackers I think were more adventurous, and ready to rough it off the beaten path more than they are now. Obviously there are exceptions. I prefer researching on Wikitravel or Rough guides but never Lonely Planet website. I love how it is easy to find exactly what I need on WikiTravel and for me it is usually enough. I agree with you, especially regarding LP website. I always find myself to check out their web, and then realise that there is nothing, so then I start to search somewhere else.
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I still use their books, though. On my travel with car to Mongolia, it was very helpful. But the web — awful. I want to get deep into the real country, and come upon things serendipitously, as travel should be. Following a tourist trail makes everything more predictable. I like to throw out my thumb and see what the world brings. I agree. My first LP Guide was about 19 years ago for Thailand. It was awesome. A couple of years later I bought one for Japan. It was good too. So did the advertising. The LP China guide was as big as a brick and a little disappointing.
Annnnnd then I bought LP India another mammoth book and carried it for four weeks. I used it once as a makeshift tripod for my camera. There was nothing useful in it! The book s on Thailand were written for a long while by Joe Cummings. Joe and I were in the same Peace Corps group from and used to hang out occasionally. He stopped working with LP as things went downhill. It was awesone, and probably made me more enthralled with the company than their guidebooks would have.
And no hostel suggestions whatsoever. Very few budget suggestions overall. I have found a lot more valuable info, a lot more off the beaten track suggestions, and better writing, on the many travel blogs I follow, like yours. Or go about it in a new way, and commission people who are already traveling to write on site for lonely planet. For example, about the hostel they are staying at and all the things near it to do.
I mean, they HAVE to do something!! Hmm…quite an insightful post on LP. Well, I refer it for accommodation options in a place. That holds true for any brand. The first time I used LP was about 7 years ago during my first trip to Europe. I was spending more time figuring out what to look at and less time in getting useful information. The information I did find was just a generic repetition from other websites.
I just stopped using LP altogether. So glad to see this article! I recently bought a LP book for the first time in 15 years and was shocked to see that the go-to book of my traveling youth was worse than the fuddy-duddy brands and I thought it was my imagination. As a slightly older woman and adventure traveler, I must say that your comments about the decline of LP so resonate with me. The LP forums especially make me want to cry. The Trip Advisor forums are now much more active, even though you can literally spend hours on them just to uncover the slightest bit of useful info. For me, LPs still have their place in itinerary planning and quick historical overviews but the majority of information seems outdated or inaccurate.
I hope the community grows to include lots of travel experts but avoids the spammers that the ThornTree was overwhelmed with. They used to be a great guidebook company, lots of useful and specific advice to make my trip more enjoyable.
They made an app for my Android watch that was supposed to help with finding cool places and helping me navigate there, but the selection of places are not cool and the app itself is rather slow and wonky. In general, I now prefer rough guides. I believe travelers today are far more sophisticated and the world has become much smaller.
Anything I want to know about a country I will Google individually … visas, monetary exchange, transportation between cities, vaccinations, warnings, top ten places to visit, etc … and, I ask people who have already visited for example, the Nomadic Matt Community … and, I ask locals upon arrival.
I had a seat partner on a flight his morning … a scientist from Egypt who immigrated to the US and we had an great discussion about his country. We exchanged names and contact information and he promised to put me in contact with his family in Egypt who would love to show me around and help me navigate Cairo and Mt. I went three times last month when I was in Paris. I was there in Feb too. Never once did I see a bouncer. I went when they opened and later at night. The warning that St.
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Faith and reason represent the two cognitive paths of the Church's social doctrine: Revelation and human nature. This understanding of faith includes reason, by means of which — insofar as possible — it unravels and comprehends revealed truth and integrates it with the truth of human nature, found in the divine plan expressed in creation. This is the integral truth of the human person as a spiritual and corporeal being, in relationship with God, with other human beings and with other creatures.
Being centred on the mystery of Christ, moreover, does not weaken or exclude the role of reason and hence does not deprive the Church's social doctrine of rationality or, therefore, of universal applicability. Since the mystery of Christ illuminates the mystery of man, it gives fullness of meaning to human dignity and to the ethical requirements which defend it. The Church's social doctrine is knowledge enlightened by faith, which, as such, is the expression of a greater capacity for knowledge. It explains to all people the truths that it affirms and the duties that it demands; it can be accepted and shared by all.
In friendly dialogue with all branches of knowledge. The Church's social doctrine avails itself of contributions from all branches of knowledge, whatever their source, and has an important interdisciplinary dimension. The social doctrine makes use of the significant contributions of philosophy as well as the descriptive contributions of the human sciences. Above all, the contribution of philosophy is essential. This contribution has already been seen in the appeal to human nature as a source and to reason as the cognitive path of faith itself.
By means of reason, the Church's social doctrine espouses philosophy in its own internal logic, in other words, in the argumentation that is proper to it. Affirming that the Church's social doctrine is part of theology rather than philosophy does not imply a disowning or underestimation of the role or contribution of philosophy. In fact, philosophy is a suitable and indispensable instrument for arriving at a correct understanding of the basic concepts of the Church's social doctrine , concepts such as the person, society, freedom, conscience, ethics, law, justice, the common good, solidarity, subsidiarity, the State.
This understanding is such that it inspires harmonious living in society. It is philosophy once more that shows the reasonableness and acceptability of shining the light of the Gospel on society, and that inspires in every mind and conscience openness and assent to the truth. A significant contribution to the Church's social doctrine comes also from human sciences and the social sciences.
In view of that particular part of the truth that it may reveal, no branch of knowledge is excluded.
The Church recognizes and receives everything that contributes to the understanding of man in the ever broader, more fluid and more complex net work of his social relationships. She is aware of the fact that a profound understanding of man does not come from theology alone, without the contributions of many branches of knowledge to which theology itself refers.
This attentive and constant openness to other branches of knowledge makes the Church's social doctrine reliable, concrete and relevant. Thanks to the sciences, the Church can gain a more precise understanding of man in society, speak to the men and women of her own day in a more convincing manner and more effectively fulfil her task of incarnating in the conscience and social responsibility of our time, the word of God and the faith from which social doctrine flows. An expression of the Church's ministry of teaching. The social doctrine belongs to the Church because the Church is the subject that formulates it, disseminates it and teaches it.
It is not a prerogative of a certain component of the ecclesial body but of the entire community; it is the expression of the way that the Church understands society and of her position regarding social structures and changes. The whole of the Church community — priests, religious and laity — participates in the formulation of this social doctrine, each according to the different tasks, charisms and ministries found within her.
The Church's social doctrine is not only the thought or work of qualified persons, but is the thought of the Church, insofar as it is the work of the Magisterium, which teaches with the authority that Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors: the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him. In the Church's social doctrine the Magisterium is at work in all its various components and expressions. Of primary importance is the universal Magisterium of the Pope and the Council: this is the Magisterium that determines the direction and gives marks of the development of this social doctrine.
This doctrine in turn is integrated into the Magisterium of the Bishops who, in the concrete and particular situations of the many different local circumstances, give precise definition to this teaching, translating it and putting it into practice. The social teaching of the Bishops offers valid contributions and impetus to the Magisterium of the Roman Pontiff.
In this way, there is a circulating at work that in fact expresses the collegiality of the Church's Pastors united to the Pope in the Church's social teaching. The doctrinal body that emerges includes and integrates in this fashion the universal teaching of the Popes and the particular teaching of the Bishops. Insofar as it is part of the Church's moral teaching, the Church's social doctrine has the same dignity and authority as her moral teaching.
It is authentic Magisterium , which obligates the faithful to adhere to it. The doctrinal weight of the different teachings and the assent required are determined by the nature of the particular teachings, by their level of independence from contingent and variable elements, and by the frequency with which they are invoked. For a society reconciled in justice and love. The object of the Church's social doctrine is essentially the same that constitutes the reason for its existence: the human person called to salvation, and as such entrusted by Christ to the Church's care and responsibility .
By means of her social doctrine, the Church shows her concern for human life in society, aware that the quality of social life — that is, of the relationships of justice and love that form the fabric of society — depends in a decisive manner on the protection and promotion of the human person, for whom every community comes into existence. In fact, at play in society are the dignity and rights of the person, and peace in the relationships between persons and between communities of persons. These are goods that the social community must pursue and guarantee.
In this perspective, the Church's social doctrine has the task of proclamation , but also of denunciation. This is done not only on the level of principles but also in practice. The Church's social doctrine, in fact, offers not only meaning, value and criteria of judgment, but also the norms and directives of action that arise from these. With her social doctrine the Church does not attempt to structure or organize society, but to appeal to, guide and form consciences.
This social doctrine also entails a duty to denounce , when sin is present: the sin of injustice and violence that in different ways moves through society and is embodied in it. By denunciation, the Church's social doctrine becomes judge and defender of unrecognized and violated rights, especially those of the poor, the least and the weak.
The more these rights are ignored or trampled, the greater becomes the extent of violence and injustice, involving entire categories of people and large geographical areas of the world, thus giving rise to social questions , that is, to abuses and imbalances that lead to social upheaval.
A large part of the Church's social teaching is solicited and determined by important social questions, to which social justice is the proper answer. The intent of the Church's social doctrine is of the religious and moral order . A message for the sons and daughters of the Church and for humanity. The first recipient of the Church's social doctrine is the Church community in its entire membership, because everyone has social responsibilities that must be fulfilled.
The conscience is called by this social teaching to recognize and fulfil the obligations of justice and charity in society. This doctrine is a light of moral truth that inspires appropriate responses according to the vocation and ministry of each Christian. In the tasks of evangelization, that is to say, of teaching, catechesis and formation that the Church's social doctrine inspires, it is addressed to every Christian, each according to the competence, charisms, office and mission of proclamation that is proper to each one.
This social doctrine implies as well responsibilities regarding the building, organization and functioning of society, that is to say, political, economic and administrative obligations — obligations of a secular nature — which belong to the lay faithful, not to priests or religious. These responsibilities belong to the laity in a distinctive manner, by reason of the secular condition of their state of life, and of the secular nature of their vocation.
By fulfilling these responsibilities, the lay faithful put the Church's social teaching into action and thus fulfil the Church's secular mission. Besides being destined primarily and specifically to the sons and daughters of the Church, her social doctrine also has a universal destination. The light of the Gospel that the Church's social doctrine shines on society illuminates all men and women, and every conscience and mind is in a position to grasp the human depths of meaning and values expressed in it and the potential of humanity and humanization contained in its norms of action.
It is to all people — in the name of mankind, of human dignity which is one and unique, and of humanity's care and promotion of society — to everyone in the name of the one God, Creator and ultimate end of man, that the Church's social doctrine is addressed. This social doctrine is a teaching explicitly addressed to all people of good will , and in fact is heard by members of other Churches and Ecclesial Communities, by followers of other religious traditions and by people who belong to no religious group.
Guided by the perennial light of the Gospel and ever attentive to evolution of society, the Church's social doctrine is characterized by continuity and renewal . It shows above all the continuity of a teaching that refers to the universal values drawn from Revelation and human nature. This is the foundational and permanent nucleus of the Church's social doctrine, by which it moves through history without being conditioned by history or running the risk of fading away.
On the other hand, in its constant turning to history and in engaging the events taking place, the Church's social doctrine shows a capacity for continuous renewal. Standing firm in its principles does not make it a rigid teaching system, but a Magisterium capable of opening itself to new things , without having its nature altered by them.
Faith does not presume to confine changeable social and political realities within a closed framework. Rather, the contrary is true: faith is the leaven of innovation and creativity. Mother and Teacher, the Church does not close herself off nor retreat within herself but is always open, reaching out to and turned towards man, whose destiny of salvation is her reason for being.
She is in the midst of men and women as the living icon of the Good Shepherd, who goes in search of and finds man where he is, in the existential and historical circumstances of his life. It is there that the Church becomes for man a point of contact with the Gospel, with the message of liberation and reconciliation, of justice and peace. The beginning of a new path. The Church's concern for social matters certainly did not begin with that document, for the Church has never failed to show interest in society.
Nonetheless, the Encyclical Letter Rerum Novarum marks the beginning of a new path. Grafting itself onto a tradition hundreds of years old, it signals a new beginning and a singular development of the Church's teaching in the area of social matters. In her continuous attention to men and women living in society, the Church has accumulated a rich doctrinal heritage.
This has its roots in Sacred Scripture, especially the Gospels and the apostolic writings, and takes on shape and body beginning from the Fathers of the Church and the great Doctors of the Middle Ages, constituting a doctrine in which, even without explicit and direct Magisterial pronouncements, the Church gradually came to recognize her competence. In the nineteenth century, events of an economic nature produced a dramatic social, political and cultural impact.
Events connected with the Industrial Revolution profoundly changed centuries-old societal structures, raising serious problems of justice and posing the first great social question — the labour question — prompted by the conflict between capital and labour. A new discernment of the situation was needed, a discernment capable of finding appropriate solutions to unfamiliar and unexplored problems. From Rerum Novarum to our own day.
This Encyclical examines the condition of salaried workers, which was particularly distressing for industrial labourers who languished in inhumane misery. The labour question is dealt with according to its true dimensions. It is explored in all its social and political expressions so that a proper evaluation may be made in the light of the doctrinal principles founded on Revelation and on natural law and morality.
Rerum Novarum became the document inspiring Christian activity in the social sphere and the point of reference for this activity . The Encyclical's central theme is the just ordering of society, in view of which there is the obligation to identify criteria of judgment that will help to evaluate existing socio-political systems and to suggest lines of action for their appropriate transformation.
The principles affirmed by Pope Leo XIII would be taken up again and studied more deeply in successive social encyclicals. The whole of the Church's social doctrine can be seen as an updating, a deeper analysis and an expansion of the original nucleus of principles presented in Rerum Novarum. At the beginning of the s, following the grave economic crisis of , Pope Pius XI published the Encyclical Quadragesimo Anno , commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Rerum Novarum.
The Pope reread the past in the light of the economic and social situation in which the expansion of the influence of financial groups, both nationally and internationally, was added to the effects of industrialization. It was the post-war period, during which totalitarian regimes were being imposed in Europe even as the class struggle was becoming more bitter. The Encyclical warns about the failure to respect the freedom to form associations and stresses the principles of solidarity and cooperation in order to overcome social contradictions.
The relationships between capital and labour must be characterized by cooperation. Quadragesimo Anno confirms the principle that salaries should be proportional not only to the needs of the worker but also to those of the worker's family. The State, in its relations with the private sector, should apply the principle of subsidiarity , a principle that will become a permanent element of the Church's social doctrine. The Encyclical rejects liberalism, understood as unlimited competition between economic forces, and reconfirms the value of private property, recalling its social function.
Pope Pius XI did not fail to raise his voice against the totalitarian regimes that were being imposed in Europe during his pontificate. Already on 29 June he had protested against the abuse of power by the totalitarian fascist regime in Italy with the Encyclical Non Abbiamo Bisogno . The text of Mit Brennender Sorge was read from the pulpit of every Catholic Church in Germany, after having been distributed in the greatest of secrecy.
The Encyclical came out after years of abuse and violence, and it had been expressly requested from Pope Pius XI by the German Bishops after the Reich had implemented ever more coercive and repressive measures in , particularly with regard to young people, who were required to enrol as members of the Hitler Youth Movement. The Pope spoke directly to priests, religious and lay faithful, giving them encouragement and calling them to resistance until such time that a true peace between Church and State would be restored.
In the Christmas Radio Messages of Pope Pius XII, together with other important interventions in social matters, Magisterial reflection on a new social order guided by morality and law, and focusing on justice and peace, become deeper. His pontificate covered the terrible years of the Second World War and the difficult years of reconstruction.
He published no social encyclicals but in many different contexts he constantly showed his concern for the international order, which had been badly shaken. One of the characteristics of Pope Pius XII's interventions is the importance he gave to the relationship between morality and law.
He insisted on the notion of natural law as the soul of the system to be established on both the national and the international levels. Another important aspect of Pope Pius XII's teaching was his attention to the professional and business classes, called to work together in a special way for the attainment of the common good. The s bring promising prospects: recovery after the devastation of the war, the beginning of decolonization, and the first timid signs of a thaw in the relations between the American and Soviet blocs.
The social question is becoming universal and involves all countries : together with the labour question and the Industrial Revolution, there come to the fore problems of agriculture, of developing regions, of increasing populations, and those concerning the need for global economic cooperation. Inequalities that in the past were experienced within nations are now becoming international and make the dramatic situation of the Third World ever more evident.
The key words in the Encyclical are community and socialization : the Church is called in truth, justice and love to cooperate in building with all men and women an authentic communion. In this way economic growth will not be limited to satisfying men's needs, but it will also promote their dignity. Moreover, Pacem in Terris contains one of the first in-depth reflections on rights on the part of the Church; it is the Encyclical of peace and human dignity.
It continues and completes the discussion presented in Mater et Magistra , and, continuing in the direction indicated by Pope Leo XIII, it emphasizes the importance of the cooperation of all men and women. On the tenth anniversary of Pacem in Terris , Cardinal Maurice Roy, the President of the Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace, sent Pope Paul VI a letter together with a document with a series of reflections on the different possibilities afforded by the teaching contained in Pope John XXIII's Encyclical for shedding light on the new problems connected with the promotion of peace.
The Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes  of the Second Vatican Council is a significant response of the Church to the expectations of the contemporary world. Gaudium et Spes presents in a systematic manner the themes of culture, of economic and social life, of marriage and the family, of the political community, of peace and the community of peoples, in the light of a Christian anthropological outlook and of the Church's mission.
Another very important document of the Second Vatican Council in the corpus of the Church's social doctrine is the Declaration Dignitatis Humanae , in which the right to religious freedom is clearly proclaimed. The document presents the theme in two chapters. The first, of a general character, affirms that religious freedom is based on the dignity of the human person and that it must be sanctioned as a civil right in the legal order of society. The second chapter deals with the theme in the light of Revelation and clarifies its pastoral implications, pointing out that it is a right that concerns not only people as individuals but also the different communities of people.
This same Pontiff started the tradition of writing annual Messages that deal with the theme chosen for each World Day of Peace. These Messages expand and enrich the corpus of the Church's social doctrine. At the beginning of the s, in a climate of turbulence and strong ideological controversy, Pope Paul VI returns to the social teaching of Pope Leo XIII and updates it, on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of Rerum Novarum , with his Apostolic Letter Octogesima Adveniens .
The Pope reflects on post-industrial society with all of its complex problems, noting the inadequacy of ideologies in responding to these challenges: urbanization, the condition of young people, the condition of women, unemployment, discrimination, emigration, population growth, the influence of the means of social communications, the ecological problem. Ninety years after Rerum Novarum , Pope John Paul II devoted the Encyclical Laborem Exercens  to work , the fundamental good of the human person, the primary element of economic activity and the key to the entire social question.
Laborem Exercens outlines a spirituality and ethic of work in the context of a profound theological and philosophical reflection. Work must not be understood only in the objective and material sense, but one must keep in mind its subjective dimension, insofar as it is always an expression of the person. Besides being a decisive paradigm for social life, work has all the dignity of being a context in which the person's natural and supernatural vocation must find fulfilment.
On the hundredth anniversary of Rerum Novarum , Pope John Paul II promulgates his third social encyclical, Centesimus Annus , whence emerges the doctrinal continuity of a hundred years of the Church's social Magisterium. Pope John Paul II demonstrates how the Church's social teaching moves along the axis of reciprocity between God and man: recognizing God in every person and every person in God is the condition of authentic human development.
The documents referred to here constitute the milestones of the path travelled by the Church's social doctrine from the time of Pope Leo XIII to our own day. In the formulation and teaching of this social doctrine, the Church has been, and continues to be, prompted not by theoretical motivation but by pastoral concerns. The Church sees in men and women, in every person, the living image of God himself. This image finds, and must always find anew, an ever deeper and fuller unfolding of itself in the mystery of Christ, the Perfect Image of God, the One who reveals God to man and man to himself.
It is to these men and women, who have received an incomparable and inalienable dignity from God himself, that the Church speaks, rendering to them the highest and most singular service, constantly reminding them of their lofty vocation so that they may always be mindful of it and worthy of it. All of social life is an expression of its unmistakable protagonist: the human person. The origin of social life is therefore found in the human person, and society cannot refuse to recognize its active and responsible subject; every expression of society must be directed towards the human person.
Men and women, in the concrete circumstances of history, represent the heart and soul of Catholic social thought . The whole of the Church's social doctrine, in fact, develops from the principle that affirms the inviolable dignity of the human person . In her manifold expressions of this knowledge, the Church has striven above all to defend human dignity in the face of every attempt to redimension or distort its image; moreover she has often denounced the many violations of human dignity.
History attests that it is from the fabric of social relationships that there arise some of the best possibilities for ennobling the human person, but it is also there that lie in wait the most loathsome rejections of human dignity. Creatures in the image of God. The fundamental message of Sacred Scripture proclaims that the human person is a creature of God cf.
God places the human creature at the centre and summit of the created order. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. The likeness with God shows that the essence and existence of man are constitutively related to God in the most profound manner. The whole of man's life is a quest and a search for God. This relationship with God can be ignored or even forgotten or dismissed, but it can never be eliminated.
The relationship between God and man is reflected in the relational and social dimension of human nature. In this regard the fact that God created human beings as man and woman cf. Only the appearance of the woman, a being who is flesh of his flesh and bone of his bones cf. Gen , and in whom the spirit of God the Creator is also alive, can satisfy the need for interpersonal dialogue, so vital for human existence. In a relationship of mutual communion, man and woman fulfil themselves in a profound way, rediscovering themselves as persons through the sincere gift of themselves.
Their covenant of union is presented in Sacred Scripture as an image of the Covenant of God with man cf. Hos ; Is 54; Eph and, at the same time, as a service to life. Man and woman are in relationship with others above all as those to whom the lives of others have been entrusted . I will require it In this perspective, the relationship with God requires that the life of man be considered sacred and inviolable . Mt ; Mk ; Lk With this specific vocation to life, man and woman find themselves also in the presence of all the other creatures. They can and are obliged to put them at their own service and to enjoy them, but their dominion over the world requires the exercise of responsibility, it is not a freedom of arbitrary and selfish exploitation.
Gen ,10,12,18,21,25 in the sight of God, who is its author. Man must discover and respect its value. This is a marvellous challenge to his intellect, which should lift him up as on wings  towards the contemplation of the truth of all God's creatures, that is, the contemplation of what God sees as good in them. The Book of Genesis teaches that human dominion over the world consists in naming things cf.
In giving things their names, man must recognize them for what they are and establish with each of them a relationship of responsibility. Man is also in relationship with himself and is able to reflect on himself. Sacred Scripture speaks in this regard about the heart of man. The heart designates man's inner spirituality, what distinguishes him from every other creature. In the end, the heart indicates the spiritual faculties which most properly belong to man, which are his prerogatives insofar as he is created in the image of his Creator: reason, the discernment of good and evil, free will.
This marvellous vision of man's creation by God is inseparable from the tragic appearance of original sin. Man, against God's prohibition, allows himself to be seduced by the serpent and stretches out his hand to the tree of life, falling prey to death. By this gesture, man tries to break through his limits as a creature, challenging God, his sole Lord and the source of his life. It is a sin of disobedience cf. Rom that separates man from God.
At the root of personal and social divisions, which in differing degrees offend the value and dignity of the human person, there is a wound which is present in man's inmost self. The consequences of sin, insofar as it is an act of separation from God, are alienation, that is, the separation of man not only from God but also from himself, from other men and from the world around him. Thus the subsequent pages of Genesis show us the man and the woman as it were pointing an accusing finger at each other cf.
Later we have brother hating brother and finally taking his brother's life cf. Reflecting on the mystery of sin, we cannot fail to take into consideration this tragic connection between cause and effect. The mystery of sin is composed of a twofold wound, which the sinner opens in his own side and in the relationship with his neighbour. That is why we can speak of personal and social sin. Every sin is personal under a certain aspect; under another, every sin is social, insofar as and because it also has social consequences.
In its true sense, sin is always an act of the person, because it is the free act of an individual person and not properly speaking of a group or community.
It is not, however, legitimate or acceptable to understand social sin in a way that, more or less consciously, leads to a weakening or the virtual cancellation of the personal component by admitting only social guilt and responsibility. At the bottom of every situation of sin there is always the individual who sins. Certain sins, moreover, constitute by their very object a direct assault on one's neighbour. Such sins in particular are known as social sins. Social sin is every sin committed against the justice due in relations between individuals, between the individual and the community, and also between the community and the individual.
Social too is every sin against the rights of the human person, starting with the right to life, including that of life in the womb, and every sin against the physical integrity of the individual; every sin against the freedom of others, especially against the supreme freedom to believe in God and worship him; and every sin against the dignity and honour of one's neighbour. Every sin against the common good and its demands, in the whole broad area of rights and duties of citizens, is also social sin.
The consequences of sin perpetuate the structures of sin. These are rooted in personal sin and, therefore, are always connected to concrete acts of the individuals who commit them, consolidate them and make it difficult to remove them. It is thus that they grow stronger, spread and become sources of other sins, conditioning human conduct.
These are obstacles and conditioning that go well beyond the actions and brief life span of the individual and interfere also in the process of the development of peoples, the delay and slow pace of which must be judged in this light. This doctrine encourages men and women not to remain in guilt and not to take guilt lightly, continuously seeking scapegoats in other people and justification in the environment, in heredity, in institutions, in structures and in relationships.
This is a teaching that unmasks such deceptions. The doctrine of the universality of sin, however, must not be separated from the consciousness of the universality of salvation in Jesus Christ. If it is so separated it engenders a false anxiety of sin and a pessimistic view of the world and life, which leads to contempt of the cultural and civil accomplishments of mankind.
Christian realism sees the abysses of sin, but in the light of the hope, greater than any evil, given by Jesus Christ's act of redemption, in which sin and death are destroyed cf. It is Christ, the image of God cf. The Word that became man in Jesus Christ has always been mankind's life and light, the light that enlightens every person cf. Jn ,9. God desires in the one mediator Jesus Christ, his Son, the salvation of all men and women cf. Jesus is at the same time the Son of God and the new Adam, that is, the new man cf.
The new reality that Jesus Christ gives us is not grafted onto human nature nor is it added from outside: it is rather that reality of communion with the Trinitarian God to which men and women have always been oriented in the depths of their being, thanks to their creaturely likeness to God. But this is also a reality that people cannot attain by their own forces alone. Through the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, in whom this reality of communion has already been brought about in a singular manner, men and women are received as children of God cf. Rom ; Gal According to the New Testament, all creation, together indeed with all humanity, awaits the Redeemer: subjected to futility, creation reaches out full of hope, with groans and birth pangs, longing to be freed from decay cf.
Prizing highly the marvellous biblical message, the Church's social doctrine stops to dwell above all on the principal and indispensable dimensions of the human person. Thus it is able to grasp the most significant facets of the mystery and dignity of human beings. In the past there has been no lack of various reductionist conceptions of the human person, many of which are still dramatically present on the stage of modern history. These are ideological in character or are simply the result of widespread forms of custom or thought concerning mankind, human life and human destiny.
The common denominator among these is the attempt to make the image of man unclear by emphasizing only one of his characteristics at the expense of all the others. The human person may never be thought of only as an absolute individual being, built up by himself and on himself, as if his characteristic traits depended on no one else but himself.
Nor can the person be thought of as a mere cell of an organism that is inclined at most to grant it recognition in its functional role within the overall system. Christian faith, while inviting that whatever is good and worthy of man should be sought out wherever it may be found cf. Man was created by God in unity of body and soul . These definitions not only point out that the body, which has been promised the resurrection, will also share in glory. They also remind us that reason and free will are linked with all the bodily and sense faculties.
This dimension makes it possible for man to be part of the material world, but not as in a prison or in exile. Because of this bodily dimension, however, following the wound of sin, man experiences the rebellion of his body and the perverse inclinations of his heart; he must always keep careful watch over these lest he become enslaved to them and become a victim of a purely earthly vision of life. Through his spirituality man moves beyond the realm of mere things and plunges into the innermost structure of reality. When he enters into his own heart, that is, when he reflects on his destiny, he discovers that he is superior to the material world because of his unique dignity as one who converses with God, under whose gaze he makes decisions about his life.
Neither the spiritualism that despises the reality of the body nor the materialism that considers the spirit a mere manifestation of the material do justice to the complex nature, to the totality or to the unity of the human being. Open to transcendence. Openness to transcendence belongs to the human person : man is open to the infinite and to all created beings. He is open above all to the infinite — God — because with his intellect and will he raises himself above all the created order and above himself, he becomes independent from creatures, is free in relation to created things and tends towards total truth and the absolute good.
He comes out of himself, from the self-centred preservation of his own life, to enter into a relationship of dialogue and communion with others. The human person is open to the fullness of being, to the unlimited horizon of being. He has in himself the ability to transcend the individual particular objects that he knows, thanks effectively to his openness to unlimited being.