After reading his truly ragged effort at splitting Caritas in Veritate into "Benedictine" (and consequently authoritative) and "J and P" (and thereby dismissible), maybe George Weigel would like another try. Maybe this time he'll take seriously the fact that Benedict is a brilliant scholar, and that he's not obliged to affirm the various shibboleths of American (neo-?) conservatism. Good grief. I haven't read all the social teaching of the Church, but I've read the Compendium, and one thing is certain: the Church isn't carrying America's economic, social, or political water. Get over it, George.