The first encyclical was written in 1740 by Pope Benedict XIV. Since then, nearly 300 have been written. Popes have published encyclicals on issues of general concern, like peace or human rights, after Pope Leo XIII issued an encyclical on labor and social justice in 1897.
These beliefs center upon the dignity of the human person, the justice that pertains to human community, and the nature of the God who ordains both dignity and justice. CST has its origins in the mid-19th century.
Social Encyclicals, according to the Social Encyclicals entry in Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy are: “A large-scale, detailed letter sent out by the pope to everyone in the world, treating social issues (usually economic ones) with a combination of critique and counsel, …
8. How many encyclicals have there been in the last 150 years? Since 1854 (during the term of Pope Pius IX) there have been 240 encyclicals. However, it is noteworthy that the number of encyclicals written by more recent popes is less than the number written by earlier popes in this period.
Encyclicals started as letters of the Pope to be “circulated” within a specific group within the church to address issues of concern, point out dangers that might affect the Church or the world, exhort for action or constancy, and prescribe remedies.
Why Pope Leo XIII wrote the encyclical during the Industrial Revolution?
Pope Leo XIII wrote the encyclical Rerum Novarum as the industrial revolution and political change swept across Europe. … Pope Leo XIII believed that human society could only be saved and healed by a Christian life and Christian institutions, because they are ordered to man’s true end and true good.