Catholic Thought I (Fall)
This will be an exploratory experience reading and discussing Catholic documents covering engaging and relevant topics each semester. Find out what the
pontificates of Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have had to say on topics affecting all of us from the not-too-distant past, today, and into the future. This is a Catholic course intended for The Aquinas House of Studies of Scholé Academy. These are semester courses, independent of each other; therefore, students may enroll in one or both semesters. Recommended as a Humanities or Theology elective, ½ credit per semester for high school.
An Exploration into Church Thought I
Quarter 1 Pope Paul VI – The Church in the Modern World
Quarter 2 Pope John Paul II – The Value of Human Life
Semester 1 Course Texts
Print the free online versions or purchase the hardcopy versions linked below.
- Gaudium Et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on The Church in The Modern World)
- Free: Gaudium et spes (vatican.va)
- Hardcopy: Past Const of Church In the Modern World Gaudium Et Spes | Pauline Books and Media (paulinestore.com)
- Evangelium Vitae (On the Gospel of Life)
- Free: Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995) | John Paul II (vatican.va)
- Hardcopy: Gospel of Life Evangelium Vitae | Pauline Books and Media (paulinestore.com)
- Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd ed., 2019 (blue cover)
- Free: Catechism of the Catholic Church (usccb.org)
- Hardcopy: Catechism Of The Catholic Church | Pauline Books and Media (paulinestore.com)
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