Actually, I still haven't quite finished it, but I'm close, and I'm impatient to say what I think: this is a wonderful document.
I mostly kept to my intention of avoiding commentary about the work, wanting to encounter it with as little preconception as I could manage, but it was impossible to avoid hearing the sounds of right and left clashing over it. It's a shame, and a measure of how much our poisonous political culture dominates everything, that a document which is above all a passionate challenge to all Catholics to live their faith more fully and to actively communicate it, should be treated as a weapon to be wielded in political combat. A document which deplores disunity has been made an occasion of it.
The Catholic left apparently is happy that EG has some harsh words for capitalism, for economic theories and practices which rely excessively on market forces. But the more important fact is that it poses a challenge for everyone, regardless of politics and beyond politics. I'd say that anyone who reads it and does not feel a profound personal challenge is missing its most important message.
I do have a few quibbles here and there, and I have to say that in its effort to cover a great deal of ground it begins to seem diffuse, and to lose energy somewhat toward the end. I may write something longer about it. But for now I only want to say how fine it is, and that it should inspire all of us to put it into practice. There is an Anglican collect which Fr. Matt mentioned a few weeks ago which urges us "to hear..., read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest [the scriptures]." Those words kept coming to mind as I read Evangelii Gaudium. It may not be scripture, but that's what we should be doing with it.