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Catholic Social Teaching and Criminal Justice

Faculty Curriculum Fellowships:
Catholic Social Teaching and Issues of Justice
June 7 - 11, 2010

Available Fellowships:     12
Deadline for Application: MARCH 15, 2010


To promote the incorporation of Catholic social teaching into existing course syllabi and the development of new courses with a significant Catholic Social Teaching component.


All full-time faculty are eligible to participate. We welcome scholars without regard to religious belief, and we particularly encourage junior faculty members and younger scholars to apply.


The Office for Mission & Ministry will sponsor a summer seminar for Villanova University faculty on Catholic Social Teaching and Issues of Justice. Catholic social teaching is a humanistic tradition of inquiry. It transcends our usual categories of conservative and liberal when investigating social, economic, and political reality. It articulates the dignity and social nature of each person. Further, it explores how a Christian understanding of the person and society works to improve human institutions and practices. It examines the importance of values as foundational for professional life and the attainment of the common good. The vision of a consistent ethic in professional life is a work in progress -- Catholic social teaching attempts to provide a foundational methodology for such a consistent ethic.


In June, daily seminars will include Continental breakfast and lunch, and will be followed by seminar sessions. Afternoon sessions will include discussion of course syllabi and interdisciplinary applications, with each day ending at 3:30 pm. 


Seminars will address the overarching themes of justice, human dignity, work, solidarity, and consumption. The following issues, treated through the reading of the Social Encyclicals and related materials will include:

  • Historical and Social Contexts for Catholic Social Thought: Pre and Post Vatican II
  • Theological and Anthropological Foundations for Catholic Social Thought
  • Catholic Social Thought and the Common Good
  • An Ethic of Life in Catholic Social Thought
  • The Role of the Church in Public Life and Issues of Justice
  • Catholic Social Thought and Economic Justice
  • Environmental Concerns and a Just Economic Worldview
  • Catholic Social Thought, War and Peace
  • Catholic Social Teaching and Human Rights
  • Catholic Social Thought and Racism

Online Registration Form:

Method of Payment: Cash and personal checks will be accepted upon arrival. You may pre-pay registration fees by mail. Include a printed copy of this page with your personal check. Credit Cards cannot be accepted.
Registrations that include an email address will be acknowledged by email. No other confirmations can be provided.