The contribution of the prophets of Israel to the biblical corpus and therefore to the beliefs and practices of Jews and Christians who have inherited its implications for faith is unquestioned. A deacon in the Catholic Church should be cognizant of this contribution so he can absorb its lessons into his own moral life, but also so he can successfully communicate them in his preaching and teaching.
Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is the foundational doctrine of how to live as a Catholic in the world. CST begins with the human person and examines the manner in which a Catholic relates to others interpersonally, socially, politically, economically, and religiously. The body of CST spans the whole of the Church's history but has been richly expounded in recent decades. The course is designed around the outline of CST as contained in the great documents of the Church and compiled in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (Compendium, 2004). Supportive material presented by the USCCB and other sources is included. In the current catastrophic ecclesial environment, we will seek guidance from CST in understanding and responding to the church sex abuse crisis.
Explores the theology of the human body, personhood, and human dignity in protecting life from beginning to end and in treating illness. This course will be of particular interest to deacons and their colleagues in ministry who are involved in hospital, nursing home, ministry to the aging, or other similar settings.