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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Catholic Social Teaching

“Open to the truth, from whichever branch of knowledge it comes, the Church's social doctrine receives it, assembles into a unity the fragments in which it is often found, and mediates it within the constantly changing life-patterns of the society of peoples and nations.” Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate

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Grounded in solid philosophical and theological foundations, this concentration enables one to engage the most pressing social and political concerns facing contemporary society.

Our program offers a comprehensive approach and covers the whole of the theological Tradition, recognizing that the Social Teaching did not originate with Leo XIII and his encyclical Rerum Novarum, but it reaches all the way back to Scripture, Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church. Studies in philosophy are also indispensable for a proper appreciation of the Catholic Social Teaching. It is impossible to understand fully what the Church has taught without knowing the philosophical backgrounds for western political and social institutions, starting with Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. It is also crucial to develop a proper understanding of some seminal philosophical ideas: the good, the common good, subsidiarity, natural law, which are used throughout the documents.

The goal of our concentration is to help students develop academic skills for making useful contributions that give voice to the Catholic perspective on matters related to political and social concerns of our society. Intended for students in the Concurrent MA Option.

Core Courses and Faculty

Catholic Social Teaching (CE-3050), Marianne Farina, CSC
Fundamental Moral Theology (CE-2045), Ed Krasevac, OP

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