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.
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. Social reality: the family, work, economic life, political community, international community, safeguarding the environment. Promotion of peace. Social Doctrine and Pastoral Activity. Learning Objectives: 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.
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Compendium of theSocial Doctrine of the Church (Washington D.C., USCCB Publishing 2006). Catechism of the Catholic Church (Vatican City, LEV 1994); BASTIANEL SERGIO, Morality in Social Life, Trans. by LIAN KELLY (Miami, Convivium Press 2010); COULTER MICHAEL-RICHARD MYERS-JOSEPH VARACALLI, Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science and Social Policy, 3 vols. (Lanham, The Scarecrow Press 2012); FINNIS JOHN, Aquinas: Moral, Political, and Legal Theory (Oxford, Oxford University Press 2004); FRANCIS, Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si”: On the Care for ourCommon Home (Vatican City, Lev 2015); GATTI GUIDO, Morale Sociale e della Vita Fisica (Leumann, LDC 1996); HIMES KENNETH (ed.), Modern Catholic Social Teaching:Commentaries & Interpretations (Washington D.C., Georgetown University Press 2005); ID., Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching (New York, Paulist Press 2001); KUSUMALAYAM JOHN, Human Rights. Individual or/and Group Rights? (Mumbai, Paulist Press 2008); MCCARTHY DAVID MATZKO, The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching: Its Origins and Contemporary Significance (Grand Rapids, Baker Publishing House 2009); MCKENNA E. KEVIN, A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching (Notre Dame, Ave Maria Press 2002); NIEBUHR REINHOLD, Moral Man and Immoral Society (New York, Continuum 32005); O’BRIEN DAVID J., Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage (New York, Orbis Books 2005); THOMPSON J. MILBURN, Introducing Catholic Social Thought (New York, Orbis Books 2010); WALSH MICHAEL-BRIAN DAVIES (ed.), Proclaiming Justice and Peace: Documents from John XXIII to John Paul II (Bangalore, TPI 1985).