Priests, bishops, and academics alike often cite “The Catholic Social Thought Tradition” when discussing moral issues, particularly those related to justice. But what defines that tradition and how did it originate? This course will look at the theological and moral foundations of Catholic Social thought in the encyclicals of Pope Leo XIII more than a hundred years ago, then and trace how the tradition has changed—and remained the same—since then, including in the teachings of Pope Francis.
Practice Skill: Understanding different kinds of writing assignments
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About the Instructor
Matthew Petrusek, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. His interests and specializations include meta ethics, the intersection of philosophical and theological ethics, Christian ethics, ethics and political theory, natural law, virtue theory, distributive justice, and human dignity. He has published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, Philosophy and Theology, and Studies in Christian Ethics, and has served as an on-air analyst for Noticias MundoFox, CNN Español, and KCal–CBS Los Angeles.