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ERIC Number: EJ955565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1948-5905
Teaching Catholic Social Teaching through Communitarian Sensibilities
Burke, John Francis
Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, v24 n2 p101-126 Fall 2005
As much as Catholic social teaching is sometimes referred to as "our best kept secret" (Henriot, DeBerri, and Schultheris 1987), in recent years it has been gaining a renewed emphasis in Catholic higher education. This "renaissance" of Catholic social teaching integrates well with the self-evaluation of Catholic higher education over the past decade from at least two distinct directions. First, "Ex Corde Ecclesiae" (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2000) without a doubt has generated a lot of debate over the Catholic identity of Catholic universities. Indeed, a great deal of debate has especially ensued over the provision that theologians need to have a mandate from ecclesial authorities. But rather then getting sidetracked by the politics of this particular debate, for the purposes of this essay, I submit that that the overall discussions incited by "Ex Corde Ecclesiae" and then subsequent Church documents such as "Sharing Catholic Social Teaching" (United States Conference of Catholic 1998) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic social teaching forums initiated by the Associate of Catholic Colleges and Universities has provided a wonderful opportunity for revitalizing our university curriculums with Catholic social teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Ex Corde Ecclesiae