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Catholic Though (Spring)

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 II
Quarter 3 Pope Benedict XVI – Globalization and the Common Good, Pope John Paul II – Faith and Science
Quarter 4 Pope Francis – Environmental Stewardship

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Semester 2 Course Texts
Print the free online versions or purchase the hardcopy versions linked below.

  • Caritas in Veritates (On Charity in Truth)
    • Free: Caritas in veritate (June 29, 2009) | BENEDICT XVI (
    • Hardcopy: Charity In Truth (Caritas In Veritate) | Pauline Books and Media (
  • Fides et Ratio (On the Relationship between Faith and Reason)
    • Free: Fides et Ratio (14 September 1998) | John Paul II (
    • Hardcopy: Relationship Between Faith & Reason Fides Et Ratio | Pauline Books and Media (
  • Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home)
    • Free: Laudato si’ (24 May 2015) | Francis (
    • Hardcopy: On Care of Our Common Home (Laudato Si) | Pauline Books and Media (
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd ed., 2019 (blue cover)
    • Free: Catechism of the Catholic Church (
    • Hardcopy: Catechism Of The Catholic Church | Pauline Books and Media (



Kirsten Fortier holds a BA in Education from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. The bulk of her experience comes from 18+ years of classically homeschooling four sons K-12 who have now transitioned successfully through college, into careers, and enjoying life. She has taught in various settings including at home, in co-ops, in brick-and-mortar schools, and online. Most recently she enjoyed the role as the Director of Curriculum at a small classical Christian school. She now looks forward to a part-time career teaching restfully at Scholé Academy. Her passion for classical education is especially apparent when she is developing in others a love for the humanities and all that is good, true, and beautiful. In her free time, she enjoys visiting her children and grandchildren, hiking, camping, and researching family genealogy. She and her husband live in Michigan with their two dogs, one cat, a handful of chickens, and two hives of honeybees. [email protected]



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Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

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  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.



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