This revised and expanded edition of a text long recognized as a classic focuses on Catholic social teaching and economic equality. Throughout, Dorr appreciates the decided strengths of Catholic social teaching but is also ready to point out its inconsistencies and weaknesses. In addition to his authoritative treatments of church documents from the century and a half of Catholic social teaching that began with Rerum Novarum in 1870, Dorr presents his magisterial take on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, and the new encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’.
Donal Dorr is a theologian and missionary priest who has served as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and as a resource person for the Irish Missionary Union. He is the author of ten books, including the original Option for the Poor and the award-winning Spirituality and Justice.
A New Edition of a Classic Text, Including Insights into Pope Francis’ Encyclical
Dorr is masterly in combining careful and subtle analysis with inspirational and challenging engagement. He is scholarly and academic without ever being bland or detached. This is an eminently accessible, enlightening, and stimulating book.
- Gerry O’Hanlon, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (Dublin) and Trinity College Dublin
This is a clear, accessible and passionate reference work for Catholics concerned with social and environmental justice. The nuanced additions concerning Pope Francis' writings show promising developments in Catholic social teaching, especially with regard to ecological issues.
- Kristien Justaert, author, Theology after Deleuze
This revised edition of Option for the Poor and for the Earth is magisterial. Donal Dorr's astute, sympathetic, yet critical analysis of Catholic Social Teaching shows its continuities from Leo XIII to Pope Francis and addresses the unique strengths of the tradition, as well as areas which need further develolpment. No better source on Catholic social teaching can be found in any language!
- John A. Coleman, S.J., editor, Globalization and Catholic Social Thought: Present Crisis, Future Hope