A classic compendium of church teaching, updated to include the latest encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI. With documents ranging from Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum (1891) to Pope Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate (2009), this is the single most comprehensive collection available of the primary documents of Catholic social thought. Along with the complete texts of every essential papal encyclical, this volume also includes the important documents of the American bishops on peace, the ecomy, and racism. Every document is preceded by an introductory essay and helpful tes, making it an exceptional reference and teaching tool. This updated and expanded edition of a classic reference work remains an indispensible tool for scholars and students, religious and lay people, and everyone concerned with the official statements of the Catholic church on social issues and world peace.