"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

Course: Catholic Social Teaching - A Historical and Theological Overview

Concluding with Francis' Fratelli Tutti

JRobert Gascoigne
  Starts Thursday 4 Feb
This course will consider the development of Catholic social teaching from both a historical and theological perspective.  It will begin with the attempts by Catholic thinkers and pastoral leaders to respond to the injustices of industrialization in nineteenth-century Europe.  It will then consider

the context and import of the Papal documents that seek to express the meaning of Christian faith for the economic, social and political dimensions of our human communities, both national and global, ranging from Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum: On the Condition of the Working Classes (1891) to Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship, published in October 2020. 

Robert Gascoigne,  D.Phil., D. Theol., is an emeritus professor of the School of Theology of Australian Catholic University.  He is a past president of the Australian Catholic Theological Association and was Australian representative on the Asian regional committee of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church network.    He is the author of a number of publications on Christian faith and contemporary society including The Public Forum and Christian Ethics  (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and The Church and Secularity: Two Stories of Liberal Society (Georgetown University Press, 2009).  His interest in socio-political questions was aroused by early travels in both Western and Communist Europe and India and has continued in his work as a theologian.

Presenter: Robert Gascoigne,  D.Phil., D. Theol.
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, Sydney
When: Four Thursday mornings, 10am-12noon, 4, 11, 18 & 25 February 2021
Cost: $150 per person (including notes)

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