Last week I finished my reading of John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor.
Veritatis Splendor is Latin for “The Splendor of Truth.” It basically deals with the Church's role in moral teaching. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it extremely edifying and even exhilarating in certain places.
According to Catholic Insight, when the encyclical was first published in October 1993, it produced howls and a firestorm of protest from Canadian Catholic theologians who scolded the encyclical for having too many condemnations; for not being "open to the people;" for ignoring thirty years of theological development!
It’s definitely not an encyclical for moral relativists!
It's less than about 150 small pages in length so it's not too long to tackle. Go ahead and reward yourself. If you love the whole notion of "truth" this encyclical will do your heart good. Even if you're not Catholic, you'll find this a rewarding read!