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Living Mercy: Social Teachings of the Church (1 CEU) THEO-N188

A 3 week interactive seminar with Instructor and Faculty Chair, Dr. Matthew Bunson.

Seminar Description:

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church reminds us that  “the fundamental questions accompany  the human journey from the very beginning take on even greater significance in our own day, because of the enormity of the challenges, the novelty of the situations and the importance of the decisions facing modern generations” (CSDC 16).

Those who participate in this three week seminar will reflect on the Church’s social teachings that guide and form Catholics on how to respond to the challenges of what can be a daunting and complex world.

This seminar will introduce some of the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching, what has been called the Church’s “best kept secret.” Students will encounter the four pillars of Catholic Social Teaching; trace the history of Catholic social thought especially the key Church documents and papal encyclicals from Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum in 1891 to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ in 2015; and develop an ability to apply these teachings to real-world situations.