Tag: catholic social teaching

Catholic Social Teaching and Public Policy

  Chuck Harvey (my friend and former student) invited me for an interview/discussion for Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia. We really hit the question concerning what the Church is and is not doing in the light of our current cultural and political situation. Aired on Tuesday 8/23/2016, we enjoyed making it and I hope you can listen! Here’s a summary […]

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PHL 260 7 Economic Theories and The Ethical Questions Surrounding Them

PHL 260 7 Economic Theories and The Ethical Questions Surrounding Them

In this lecture (PHL 260 Ethical Issues, Mar. 17,  2016), I discuss the book Economics for Helen by Hilaire Belloc. The goal of the lecture to introduce various economic theories and then think critically about the contemporary economic state of our country and the world. The students heard about distributism for the first and seemed to like it. I also […]

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PHL 260 6 A Intro to Catholic Social Teaching

PHL 260 6 A Intro to Catholic Social Teaching

In this lecture I introduce Catholic Social Teaching: it’s historical beginnings and basic principles. The idea is to show the wisdom and common sense that the Church brings to various social issues. Here is the handout: What is CST

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PHL 260 5 A People and Animals

PHL 260 5 A People and Animals

Seifert Human Rights Urgrundrecht Dignity handout for 260 This is class 5, part 1 of PHL 260 Ethical Issues. I continue the discussion of the sources of the dignity of persons and an interesting discussion on the question of the differences between animals and people happens.

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The Catholic Church and Capitalism

The Catholic Church and Capitalism

Via the Social Encyclicals, The Vocation of the Business Leader, and an article by Joseph Ratzinger titled, “The Church and the Economy”, I attempt historically, philosophically and theologically to locate the position of the Catholic Church towards Capitalism and to express the underlying principles enunciated by the Church on the basis of which lay people participating in the free market […]

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Ratzinger, Habermas and Pera on Public Reason and Religion

I presented this lecture at University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain on June 4, 2013. I presented, within the University, to the Institute for Culture and Society, Religion and Civil Society Project.  

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