This text provides an enlightening tour through the Catholic Church's social teaching regarding democratic capitalism. It analyzes the popes' social encyclicals from Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum (1891), through John Paul II's Centesimus Annus a century later, and finally to Benedict XVI's recent Caritas in Veritate.
Maciej Zieba, O.P., a close associate of Pope John Paul II, is the author of The Surprising Pope: Understanding the Thought of John Paul II. He was a key player in the Polish Solidarity movement and is the director of the European Solidarity Center and the founder of the Tertio Millennio Institute in Poland. Father Zieba has lectured extensively on economics and theology.