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New Vatican volume stresses value of voluntarism

April 13, 2012

The Pontifical Council Cor Unum has released a book on volunteer work, summarizing the results of a Vatican conference on that topic held in 2011.

Included in the volume is the address that Pope Benedict XVI gave to participants in the conference. Noting that they were meeting on the feast of St. Martin of Tours, the Pontiff said that the saint “became a model of charity throughout Europe and indeed the whole world.”


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  • Posted by: pcgondreau8983 - Apr. 13, 2012 6:24 PM ET USA

    The title of this entry commits an inadvertent faux pas. "Volunteerism" is what the word should be, NOT "Voluntarism". The latter signifies a theological/philosophical theory which holds that the will, especially God's will, is completely unbounded and is thus free to will whatever it wills (which also implies God's will works arbitrarily). Recall that Pope Benedict denounced a voluntarist conception of God in his Regensburg address, as it leads to irratioal acts of violence in the name of God.