Pope Benedict XVI may try to "save eros," in the first encyclical of his papacy, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George told the Chicago Sun-Times.
George expects the new pope will try to explain that erotic love, eros, and unconditional love, agape, are both inherently good in God’s eyes in his encyclical titled "Deus, Caritas Est," Latin for "God is Love." An encyclical is a pope’s most authoritative document, a pastoral letter circulated to the universal church.
The cardinal has not yet seen Benedict XVI’s encyclical, which is expected to be released by the Vatican within days, but said he has "seen comments" about it. The pope has asked George to deliver an address about the major themes of the encyclical to a gathering of the pontifical charity organization Cor Unum in Rome at the end of the month, according to Colleen Dolan, the cardinal’s spokeswoman.
Benedict XVI’s first encyclical will likely "talk about Christ, which is a good thing for a pope to talk about in his first encyclical. John Paul II did that," George said. "And he is going to talk about the relationship between love and truth, between agape and eros."
I thought it was rather strange for a "Religion Reporter" to keep referring to Cardinal George as just George. I guess they are on a last name basis. Interesting that even though Cardinal George will be giving a talk on the encyclical at the end of the month for the Pope, that even he hasn’t got an advance copy.
I really wish though that they would publish the release date so that we could have a countdown. I know that I can hardly wait.