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Should the pope comment on the economy or on any social matters? How much ■weight does a papal encyclical hold with Catholics, with all Christians?
Pope Benedict XVI on the Economy
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On July 7, 2009, just before the G-8 summit began in Italy and he met with President Obama, Pope Benedict XVI released his third encyclical, a major teaching, on the economy.

He called for reforming the UN and establishing a "true world political authority" with "real teeth" to manage the global economy with God-centered ethics. This authority is especially needed given the state of the world economy today. Benedict writes, "The market is not, and must not become, the place where the strong subdue the weak."

In this study, well-known ecumenical church theologian Martin Marty writes his reflections on the reactions he read regarding the encyclical. Views of both supporters and opponents of the encyclical are examined.

Martin E. Marty is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. He is a contributor for The Christian Century and the Editor of Context, a semimonthly newsletter on religion and culture. He has written over fifty books, including Righteous Empire, which won the National Book Award; Modern American Religion; and The One and the Many: America's Struggle for the Common Good.

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