Catholic Social Teaching is a collection of ideas and a way of thinking that directs our attention beyond our personal commitments and devotional practices to the social orders we inhabit, create, and help to sustain. Since the earliest days of the Church, Christians have bound themselves to a different standard that requires caring not simply for oneself, but for others, the world, and most especially for those in need among us. Catholic social teaching challenges thinking Catholics--and others--to reflect in serious and realistic ways how we might best contribute to building social orders that fulfill both our individual responsibilities and our social aspirations as Christians.
This faculty panel discussion series will address contemporary issues in light of the principles of the Catholic Social Teaching tradition. This tradition is informed and given coherence by the resources of papal encyclicals and other official pronouncements of the Church, but its content and concerns extend to the first and most recent members of the Church. Catholic social teaching challenges thinking Catholics--and others--to become better informed about the world as it is, the deep causes of our social problems today, and our capacities and responsibilities to advocate for the common good, for justice, and especially and always for those most in need.
Did you miss these events? Please join us at one or more of our upcoming field trips.
November 5 (1:00pm): Reinhard Hütter (Catholic University of America), "The Development of Doctrine and Why it Matters: The Ongoing Relevance of John Henry Newman's Thought"
Cosponsored with The Thomistic Institute and St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, Location: 401 Alderman Rd., St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish Hall.
The great Summa Theologca is one of the most important works of theological wisdom ever written, a masterwork for the ages that continues to influence Western religion and philosophy. Despite its intellectual importance, many know far too little about the original purpose, the structure of the text, the historical reception over the past 700 years, and the continued relevance of the wisdom offered by the Summa Theologica. This public lecture by the eminent scholar of historical theology and Christian mysticism Bernard McGinn is free and open to all, so invite a friend and/or colleague.
St. Thomas Aquinas Hall)
Fall 2016 Public Lecture Series
Bernard McGinn, (University of Chicago), “St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae,” Sept. 22, 2016
Eamon Duffy, (University of Cambridge), "Recreating Poussin's Seven Sacraments," Oct. 21, 2016
Reinhard Hütter (Catholic University of America): The Development of Doctrine and Why it Matters: The Ongoing Relevance of John Henry Newman's Thought"
2015-16 Public Lecture Series
Carlos Eire, (Yale University), "Discerning the gulf between the Protestant and Catholic Reformations: The Case of Sor Maria de Agreda," April 7, 2016
Emmanuel Falque, (Institut Catholique de Paris), “God, the Flesh, and the Other,” March 3, 2016
Faculty Panel Discussion on Laudato Si, February 19, 2016
Fr. George Coyne, SJ, (Emeritus Director, Vatican Observatory), “Reading the Universe as an Icon of God,” January 21, 2016
Michael Root, (Catholic University of America) “Speaking of the Other: the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate,” Oct. 29, 2015
David Tracy, (University of Chicago), “God as Infinity,” Oct. 1, 2015