The Catholic Tradition

Melanie M. Morey and John J. Piderit

in Catholic Higher Education

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195305517
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784813 | DOI:
 The Catholic Tradition

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This chapter provides a brief introduction to three umbrella terms: the Catholic intellectual tradition, the Catholic moral tradition, and Catholic social teaching. It begins with a historical look at the emergence of universities and the position of theology, philosophy, and the other liberal arts in these institutions. Using this as a foundation, it highlights what is meant by “Catholic intellectual tradition”. The Catholic intellectual tradition is further specified by identifying four theological or philosophical themes that recur in a Catholic analysis of academic areas. The Catholic moral tradition is invoked through a brief presentation of natural law, which is then used to suggest approaches Catholic institutions should take toward substance abuse and sexual intimacy on campus. Catholic universities are encouraged to become clearer about policy, and more specific about the amount and type of Catholic content students are expected to learn and retain during their years in a Catholic college or university. The concluding section explores the significance of cultural illiteracy and shadow cultures.

Keywords: Catholic; intellectual tradition; moral tradition; social teaching; liberal arts; natural law; substance abuse; sexual intimacy; cultural illiteracy; shadow culture

Chapter.  14902 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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