Donal DORR, Option for the Poor and the Earth: Catholic Social Teaching. New York: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. 522. $38.00 pb. ISBN 978-1- 57075-974-1. Reviewed by Peter BEISHEIM, Stonehill College, North Easton, MA 02357
Dorr has added chapters exploring women and justice, ecology, International Financial systems, as well as a critical examination of Pope Benedict’s Deus caritas est and Caritas in veritate. His careful parsing of Benedict’s encyclicals is worth the price of the text. He very carefully and studiously makes clearer Benedict’s ideas on charity and justice. Dorr adds a chapter exploring and evaluating the reactions and assessments in the aftermath of Benedict’s encyclicals.
The true worth of the text is Dorr’s extensive knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching but his grasp of the contextual nuances in applying the values to specific economic, political and societal issues. This is a text that should be within easy reach of every person engaged, at whatever level, in the study of Catholic Social Thought.