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Author: Daniel Philpott
Notre Dame OpenCourseware (OCW) offers free educational resources for the course "Catholicism and Politics" in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. "How ought Catholics to think about the political order and political issues within it?" The first part of the course will survey major responses to this question drawn from Church history. The second part applies these models to contemporary issues.
Pope Benedict XVI greets President Barack Obama at the Vatican

Catholicism and Politics

Professor Daniel Philpott, Ph.D.

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame

Course Structure: 75 minute classes - twice a week

Official White House photo by Pete Souza.

Course Description

Catholicism and Politics poses the question, both simple and complex: How ought Catholics to think about the political order and political issues within it? The first part of the course will survey major responses to this question drawn from Church history: the early church, the medieval church, and the modern church. The second part applies these models to contemporary issues ranging among war, intervention, globalization, abortion, the death penalty, religious freedom, gender issues, and economic development. The course culminates in "Vatican III," where teams of students, representing church factions, gather to discover church teachings on selected controversial political issues.

This course was also cross-listed as HESB 30261, THEO 30654, POLS 30654 and CST 30718.

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