Heart of Catholic Social Teaching, The: Its Origin and Contemporary Significance

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Overview

This accessible introduction covers the complete history and contemporary contexts of the church's involvement in Catholic social tradition, giving distinctive attention to the Bible, liturgy, the thought of Augustine and Aquinas, and recent theological developments.

Bringing together veteran teachers of Catholic Social Teaching who have worked together on the content, this book is designed to set social questions within the Catholic tradition and contemporary life. End-of-chapter application sections address practical concerns, such as racism in the church, charity, consumerism, and talking with neighbors and coworkers about moral issues. Discussion questions, case studies, excerpts of church documents, and suggestions for further reading enhance the book's usefulness. It will work well for students of theology and ethics, particularly Catholics but also Protestants who want to know more about the Catholic social tradition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587432484
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Matzko McCarthy (PhD, Duke University) teaches theology at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is the author of Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective and Sex and Love in the Home: A Theology of the Household, and has written for publications such as New Blackfriars, Christian Century, and Modern Theology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part 1: Sources
1. Biblical Justice (Mary Katherine Birge, SSJ)
2. The Liturgy as a Source of Formation in Catholic Social Teaching (Rev. James M. Donohue, CR)
3. Eucharist and Social Justice (Rodica Stoicoiu)
4. Pope Leo XIII and a Century of Catholic Social Teaching (John Donovan)
Part 2: Love
5. Saint Augustine of Hippo--Love, Community, and Politics (William Collinge)
6. A Contemporary Augustinian Approach to Love and Politics--Pope Benedict XVI's Deus Caritas Est (William Collinge)
7. Modern Politics and Catholic Social Teaching (David Cloutier)
Part 3: Justice
8. Natural Law--St. Thomas Aquinas and the Role of Reason in Social Order (Joshua P. Hochschild)
9. Modern Economy and the Social Order (David Matzko McCarthy)
10. Through the Needle's Eye--The Catholic Worker Movement and the Challenge of Voluntary Poverty (Kathy Dow Magnus)
Part 4: Moving Forward
11. The Challenge of Religious Liberty (Richard Buck)
12. Compassion and Hospitality (Trudy Conway)
13. From Despot to Steward--The Greening of Catholic Social Teaching (Brian Henning)
Glossary
Index
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