A landmark document

Though well covered by all the media on its appearance this English language edition of the Pope’s first apostolic exhortation may come to be seen as an import landmark document, similar to Mater et Magister issued by John XXIII.

This challenge to ‘complacency at every level’ should be widely read by all Catholics, who have no need to depend on media presentations and resumes, when for a few euro they can own and carefully consider what such documents really say. 

If the Pope is calling for a re-examination of priorities and values, that is not just a message to the cardinals and the Curia, it is message to all Catholics, and perhaps beyond that to all Christians.