Catholic Social Teaching
(Videoconference from the IPD)
Justice and peace are central to the proclamation of the Gospel. In the first part of this course, we will examine key principles of Catholic social teaching — the dignity of the person, the common good, the option for the poor, and solidarity – as well as how these principles have evolved since the end of the 19th Century and the encyclical Rerum novarum. We will consider how these principles apply in the workplace, in economic structures, in the political domain, in peace-building and in the care of creation. We will pay close attention to the contribution made by the bishops of Canada, and notably of Québec, to the development and the concrete application of this teaching.