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Cardinal Avery Dulles gives a short description of Rerum Novarum as the first great social encyclical written by Pope Leo XIII and published in 1891 that dealt with problems that were urgent at the time of its publication, such as the conflict between socialism and capitalism, labor laws and workers’ wages. He discusses the ability of Rerum Novarum to withstand the test of time, as it is still relevant and used as a basis for other, more modern encyclicals.

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About the Interviewee:

Rev. Dr. Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. received a Licentiate in philosophy from Woodstock College and was ordained in 1956. He received a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Woodstock College in 1957 and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Gregorian University in Rome in 1960. He was the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University from 1988 until his death in 2008. He was created a Cardinal of the Catholic Church in Rome in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Dulles was President of both the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Theological Society and Professor Emeritus at The Catholic University of America. He authored over 750 articles and twenty-three books on theological topics.

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Dr. Alfred Benney is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and taught courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include “how people learn”; “the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning”; and “myth as explanatory narrative”. He has published work on teaching with technology.

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