From the January/February, 2007 issue of Touchstone
Divine Charity by Robert Hart

Divine Charity

God Is Love
by Pope Benedict XVI
Ignatius, 2006
(108 pages, $14.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Robert Hart

The trumpet gives no more uncertain sound than does the word “love” to modern ears. In the 1960s John Lennon learned to “say the word love,” and soon became the inventor of a new doctrine we may (charitably) call sola caritas or maybe, more accurately, simply sola amor. We have no greater example of the confusion about how to define love than the spectacle of this man who, for the sake of a new “love,” abandoned his wife and son.

Nonetheless, meaning may still be made of his words, “All you need is love,” as long as t . . .


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