Th 141: A Theology of the Catholic Social Vision

TH 141  A THEOLOGY OF THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL VISION (3 units)

Theology 141 is a systematic study of social commitment from a theological perspective.  The course begins with an exposition of the Church as the Church of the poor and the pastoral cycle as a method of theologizing.  It then focuses on  a social and cultural analysis of the Philippine situation in the light of PCP II.  The main content of the course is the theology of the Catholic social vision in its doctrinal basis, sacramental celebration, and biblical foundations, declared in the papal social teachings and the pastoral letters of the Catholic Bishops of the Philipines (CBCP).

In view of the various emphases in treating the Catholic social vision, responses to Philippine problems are related to business, science and technology, ecology and gender, politics and governnance—in accordance with the students’ areas of concern and interest.  The whole course is envisioned to deepen a “spirituality of social transformation” founded on a faith committed to social justice and liberation in the Philippines today.