RELS 382 CP, The Catholic Church: Theology and Practice

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(3 sem. hrs.)

This course focuses on the theological, liturgical, and spiritual traditions that undergird the Catholic Church and which continue to form her self-understanding. Historically, this course explains and evaluates the development of the Catholic doctrine of the Church in terms of its roots in Scripture and Tradition, and with a particular emphasis on the Pauline understanding of the Church as the Body of Christ, and selected readings from the Church Fathers, as well as developments in Catholic understanding of the Church in different historical periods and social contexts. It also examines the Church in terms of her ongoing mission to the contemporary world implied by Catholic doctrine. Spiritually, this course exams the distinctive teaching of the Second Vatican Council’s “universal call to holiness” which ultimately serves to integrate doctrine and life in each member of the Church. Analysis of these themes is undertaken in dialogue with the perspectives of other Christian traditions, and in the light of the constructive critique they can offer.

Instructor's notes:

Learn how to make the connections between the contents of the Catholic faith and all practical dimensions proper of the human person with a focus on social justice and spirituality. You will explore how Catholic Moral Theology engages contemporary social problems, taking as a starting point select topics from the Compendium of Social Teachings of the Church. There will also be a practical component to the course: the instructor and students will engage in a concrete social justice project in the Archdiocese. This charitable work will be enhanced by our reading of the testimonies of specific Catholic saints who have embodied with their teachings and lives this kind of commitment.

   • Prerequisite(s): RELS 160

   • In order to use this CPC course for any TWU Religious Studies Department degree requiring Christianity & Culture (6-9) courses, please seek permission from the Religious Studies Chair.

   • The course meets the requirements for Christianity and Culture: Catholic Studies Minor.

  •All CPC courses may be counted as electives for any TWU Degree.

  •CPC courses may count towards CPC certificates as listed in the Course Requirements for each Certificate. 

Image: The dome of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, in twilight.

Video: Bishop Robert Barron on the Mystical Body of Christ, Catholicism, 2011,


14 June 2019


Religious Studies, Spring 2020