Initiative director John Carr shares Catholic Social Thought and its applications with students as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology. He currently offers a course titled Pope Francis, Catholic Social Thought and Public Life: Principles, Policies and Politics.
In this seminar, students analyze and discuss the messages and leadership of Pope Francis and the principal themes of Catholic social teaching and their applications to key issues in American public life (for example, poverty and economy, immigration and religious freedom, protection of human life and the environment, and war and peace). The seminar also examines and discusses the uses and misuses of Catholic Social Thought in the elections of 2016.
This course will next be offered during the spring 2018 semester. Those interested in learning more about the seminar, its topics, and assigned readings can explore the latest syllabus.