The course aims to introduce students of theology to the foundations, concepts, principles and values of Catholic social doctrine so as to equip them to critically evaluate events in contemporary society and to use the rich resources of the Church’s social doctrine in their ministry in the world. By the end of the Class the students are expected to: Identify and explain the intrinsic link between God’s liberating intervention and the social mission of the Church. Recall and outline the history of the development of the social doctrine of the Church. Explain in depth the principles of: the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity. Describe the essential values of: truth, freedom, justice and love. Critically evaluate the contemporary events (social, economic, political, and ecological) in the light of the foundational principles and values of the Church’s social doctrine. Identify ways to apply and teach the social doctrine of the Church in their pastoral ministry. null
God’s plan of love for humanity; the Church’s mission and social doctrine; history of the social doctrine of the church; foundational principles and values of the Church’s social doctrine; the family, work, economic life, political community, international community, safeguarding the environment; promotion of peace; social doctrine and pastoral activity.
PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (Washington D.C., USCCB Publishing, 2006) (Available online). Catechism of the Catholic Church. DRINAN R.F., Can God & Caesar Coexist? Balancing Religious Freedom & International Law (New Haven, Yale University Press 2004); FINNIS J., Founders of Modern Political and Social Thought: Aquinas (Oxford, Oxford University Press 1998); FISHER E.-POLISH D.F., The Formation of Social Policy in the Catholic and Jewish Traditions (Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press 1980); HERZOG F., Justice Church: The New Function of the Church in North American Christianity (New York, Orbis Books 1980); HIMES E.R. (ed.); Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries & Interpretations (Washington D.C., Georgetown University Press 2005); HIMES K.R., Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching (New York, Paulist Press 2001); MCCARTHY D.M., The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching: Its Origins and Contemporary Significance (Grand Rapids, Brazos Press 2009); MCKENNA E.K., A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching (Notre Dame-Indiana, Ave Maria Press 2002); NIEBUHR R., Moral Man and Immoral Society (New York, Continuum 32005); O’BRIEN D.J.-SHANNON T.A., Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage (New York, Orbis Books 2005); THOMPSON J.M., Introducing Catholic Social Thought (New York, Orbis Books 2010).