Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases and Commentary

Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases and Commentary

by Kathleen Maas Weigert
     
 

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Living the Catholic Social Tradition combines four essays from leading scholars with eight concrete case studies based on community social justice projects across the country. This unique combination of theory and reflective practice provides university students and adult learners with a framework for understanding the Catholic social tradition and a demonstration

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Living the Catholic Social Tradition combines four essays from leading scholars with eight concrete case studies based on community social justice projects across the country. This unique combination of theory and reflective practice provides university students and adult learners with a framework for understanding the Catholic social tradition and a demonstration of its positive social impact on the people it serves. The reader first learns about the challenges facing Catholic universities in educating the current generation about the Catholic social tradition. The next essays provide insights into the ways in which the tradition frames and contributes to social change; approaches to understanding the key concepts and documents that make up the tradition; and an understanding of the forces confronting change agents in major metropolitan areas. Undertaken by younger scholars and activists, the eight case studies tackle the issues that grass roots groups and visionary leaders face as they try to bring about positive change in their communities.

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Editorial Reviews

Suzanne Toton
Some books are written to be read. Living the Catholic Social Tradition is written to engage. It doesn't tell you about the Catholic Social Tradition, it draws you to it. Its analysis is so essential you wonder how you did without it. And its case studies give you not only reason to hope, but all the more reason to join in the current of hope.
Stephen J. Pope
Living the Catholic Social Tradition presents Catholic social ethics in its most practical light. Instead of repeating well-known principles, the editors gathered authors who are immersed in the practical world and familiar with Catholic social teachings from the "grassroots" level. The pedagogy offered in this book breaks new ground. Readers will be enlightened by the early overview chapters, and find new ways in which the principles of love and justice make practical demands of believers today. This book is a "must read" for anyone concerned with the "faith that does justice."
Kerry A. Robinson
An indispensable resource for illuminating Catholic Social Teaching, this volume instructs and inspires people of faith to meet the intractable problems of poverty, injustice, the violation of human rights, and environmental degradation with confidence that the world not only must but can be made better. The insightful commentaries and practical case studies inform the intellect, excite the imagination, and resonate deeply with a passionate faith that yearns to be lived out in the world.
David J. O'Brien
Living the Catholic Social Tradition is a valuable addition to the sparse literature of American Catholic social thought and action. The introductory essays are masterfully done by some of our best scholars; they will be useful on their own. The case studies are well chosen and broadly representative of the remarkable spectrum of Catholic social engagement across the United States. Teachers and activists and pastoral ministers will all find this book inspiring and suggestive of projects for schools, parishes and people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742531871
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.77(d)

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