On establishing universal peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty. To our venerable brothers the patriarchs, primates, archbishops, bishops and other local . Pacem in Terris, an encyclical written by Pope John XXIII. This is only a summary review. THE LIFE. Papa Giovanni XXIII Enciclica Pacem in Terris. BIRTH AND FIRST YEARS OF LIFE IN THE FAMILY · EDUCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD.

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In his commentary on this passage, St. For this reason, every civil authority must take pains to promote the common good of all, without preference for any single citizen or civic group. Men terria over the world have today — or will soon have — the rank of citizens in independent nations. He never forfeits his personal dignity; and that is something that must always be taken into account.

Only God can do that, for He alone scrutinizes and neciclica the secret counsels of the heart. God, in His great providence, is ever present with His aid. This means that their relationships also must be harmonized in truth, in justice, in a working solidarity, in liberty.

For it must not be forgotten that the Church has the right and duty not only to safeguard her teaching on faith and morals, but also to pcem her authority over her sons by intervening in their external affairs whenever a judgment has to be made concerning the practical application of this teaching. Thomas teaches, “In regard to the second proposition, we maintain that human law has the rationale of law in so far as it is in accordance with right reason, and as such it obviously derives from eternal law.

These laws clearly indicate how a man must behave toward his fellows in society, and how the tertis relationships between the members of a Enciclics and its officials are to be conducted. In this connection We think it opportune to point out how difficult it is to understand clearly the relation between the objective requirements of justice and concrete situations; to define, teris is, correctly to what degree and in what form doctrinal principles and directives must be applied in the given state of human society.

Far from bringing about the reconciliation of contending parties, it reduces men and political parties to the necessity of laboriously redoing the work of the past, building on the ruins that disharmony has left in encicclica wake. They must be men of great equilibrium and integrity, competent and courageous enough to see at once what the situation requires and to take necessary action quickly and effectively.

Pacem in Terris (April, 11 ) | John XXIII

The order which prevails in society is by nature moral. Not content with this, they are demanding, too, the observance of constitutional procedures in etrris appointment of public authorities, and are insisting that they exercise their office within this constitutional framework. Again it is perfectly legitimate to make a clear distinction between a false philosophy of the nature, origin and purpose of men and the world, and economic, social, cultural, and political undertakings, even when such undertakings draw their origin and inspiration from that philosophy.


Given at Rome at St. Now the order which prevails pxcem human society is wholly incorporeal in nature.

Recent progress in science and technology has had a profound influence on man’s way of life. But first We must speak of man’s rights.

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If these policies are really to become operative, men must first of all take the utmost care to conduct their various temporal activities in accordance with the laws which govern each and every such activity, observing the principles which correspond to their respective natures. Power is none but comes to you from the Lord, nor any royalty but from One who paccem above all. Such services include road-building, transportation, communications, drinking-water, housing, medical care, ample facilities for the practice of religion, and aids to recreation.

Yerris this reason, the problem of bringing social reality into line with the objective requirements of justice is a problem which will never admit of a definitive solution.

For any human society that is established on relations of force must be regarded as inhuman, inasmuch as the personality of its members is repressed or restricted, when in fact they should be provided with appropriate incentives and means for developing and perfecting themselves. Acta Apostolicae Sedis55 It is from this ligature of piety, which binds us and joins us to God, that religion derives its name. By these laws men are most admirably taught, first of all how they should conduct their mutual dealings among themselves, then how the relationships between the citizens and the public authorities of each State should be regulated, then how States should deal with one another, and finally how, on the one hand individual men and States, and on the other hand the community of all peoples, should act towards each other, the establishment of such a community being urgently demanded today by the requirements of universal common good.

The Council of Chalcedon — A. Peace on Earth was a papal encyclical issued by Pope John XXIII on 11 April on the rights and obligations of individuals and of the state, as well as the proper relations between states. It is unquestionable that a legal structure in conformity with the moral order and corresponding to the level of development of the state is of great advantage to achievement of the common good.


Also among man’s rights is that of being able to worship God in accordance with the right dictates of his own conscience, and to profess his religion both in private and in public. No era will ever succeed in destroying the unity of the lacem family, for it consists of men who are all equal by virtue of their natural dignity.

Since this cannot always be accomplished for various reasons, neciclica result is that minorities often dwell within the territory of a people of another ethnic group, and this is the source of serious problems.

And they derive their authority from God, for, as St. Peace on Earth—which man throughout the ages has so longed for and sought after—can never be established, never guaranteed, except by the diligent observance of the divinely established order. It is always perfectly justifiable to distinguish between error as such and the person who falls into error—even in the case of men who err regarding the truth or are led astray as a result of their inadequate knowledge, in matters either of religion or of the highest ethical standards.

For then most citizens have an opportunity to increase their holdings without being forced to leave their native environment and seek a new home with many a heartache, and adopt a new state of affairs and make new social contacts with other citizens.

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This can be done by direct action, if need be, or by the creation throughout the world of the sort of conditions in which rulers of individual States can more easily carry out their specific functions. Moreover, man has a natural right to be respected. It will never happen if they sow seeds of disaffection which can only produce a harvest of evils, stifling the political development of nations. Such expatriations show that there are some political regimes which do not pacemm for individual citizens a sufficient sphere of freedom within which their souls are allowed to breathe humanly; in fact, under those regimes even the lawful existence of such a sphere of freedom is either called into question ebciclica denied.

God commands the soul; the soul commands the body; and there is nothing more orderly than this. Any human society, if it is to be well-ordered and productive, must lay down as a foundation this principle, namely, that every human being is a person, that is, his nature is endowed with yerris and free will. The first is this: