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Abortion in a Catholic Perspective:

  • Moral Aspects of Abortion
  • Nature of Morality and Conscience
  • The Politics of Abortion - options for Catholic politicians, laymen and clergy.
  • Pastoral Responses to Catholic Politicians
  • Background for Framing Pastoral Responses to Catholic Politicians
  • Reducing Abortions

Annulment and Dissolution of Marriage in the Catholic Church:

  • Outline of Cases and Canon Law Regulations on Grounds for Annulment

Catholics and Politics:

  • “Faithful Citizenship” - Bishops statement on voting
  • Religion and Politics - Theocracy Considered

Church History:

  • An Outline and Expansion of "A Concise History of the Catholic Church" by Thomas Bokenkotter
  • Ch. 1 - Jesus
  • Ch. 2 - The Church Spreads Across the Empire
  • Ch. 3 - A Church With Authority
  • Ch. 4 - Constantine Favors the Christians
  • Ch. 5 - Worship, Faith and Life in the Early Church
  • Ch. 6 - The Final Victory Over Paganism
  • Ch. 7 - Jerome
  • Ch. 8 - Augustine
  • Ch. 9 - Pope Leo and Papal Primacy
  • Ch. 10 - The Popes and Franks Create Christendom
  • Ch. 11 - Hildebrand Makes the Popes Supreme in Christendom
  • Ch. 12 - The Papal Monarch at its Zenith
  • Ch. 13 - The Eastern Schism
  • Ch. 14 - Church and Society in Western Christendom
  • Ch. 15 - The Aristotelian Invasion
  • Ch. 16 - The Decline of the Papal Monarchy
  • Ch. 17 - The Papacy Survives the Great Schism and Conciliarism
  • Ch. 18 - The Church Fails to Reform Itself in Time
  • Ch. 19 - Luther Splits Christendom
  • Ch. 20 - Calvin Makes Protestantism an International Movement
  • Ch. 21 - The Catholic Church Recovers Its Spiritual Elan
  • Ch. 22 - The Challenge of New Thought
  • Ch. 23 - Jansenism and Gallicanism
  • Ch. 24 - The French Revolutions Shatters the Church of the Old Order
  • Ch. 25 - Pius IX Says No to the Liberal Catholics
  • Ch. 26 - The Syllabus of Errors Squelches the Liberal Catholics
  • Ch. 27 - Pio Nono Caries Ultramontanism to a Grand Triumph at Vatican I
  • Ch. 28 - Social Catholicism and Christian Democracy
  • Ch. 29 - The Modernist Debacle
  • Ch. 30 - The Church Moves Out Into The World - missions
  • Ch. 31 - The American Church
  • Ch. 32 - Popes of the 20th Century
  • Ch. 33 - Vatican II
  • Ch. 34 - Sound and Fury of Renewal
  • Ch. 35 - The Bark of Peter on Stormy Seas (1976-89) - includes a historical outline of the development of birth control teaching in the official Church - Pius XI, Pius XII, Vat. II and Paul VI
  • Christian Persecutions in the first three centuries

Corporal Works of Mercy:

  • A Dimension of Christian Spirituality

Ethics:

  • Ethics: Finding Common Ground
  • Morality and Law
  • Catholic Moral Teaching: Faith and Morality; Reason and Morality
  • Stems cells - ethical issues
  • Bioethics: the problem of ends
  • Gay marriage
  • Cloning

Evolution in a Catholic Perspective:

  • Evolution I: Religion and Science
  • Evolution II: Darwinism and the Church
  • Evolution and the Church - a short history
  • Science and Religion
  • Intelligent Design
  • Old Testament Creation Accounts - outline

Fundamental Theology - Introduction to Theology:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Salvation as History
  • Chapter 3: Theology of Genesis
  • Chapter 4: Salvation in Jesus
  • Chapter 5: The Church
  • Chapter 6: Authority in the Church
  • The Last Things
  • The Trinity
Gospels:
  • Short Outline: Dates, Authors, Audience, Message

 Immigrants:

  • Facts and myths
  • “Strangers No Longer” - Pastoral letter of the Mexican and American Bishops

 Infancy narratives:

  • Outline of Matthew

 Judaism:

  • First Century Sects and Movements

Just War Theory:

  • History and Background
  • Consciencious Objector and Consciencious Warrior

Jacques Maritain:

  • Influential Catholic Philosopher/Theologian

Mary:

  • Mary in the NT: An Ecumenical Perspective - based on Lutheran/Catholic Dialogue
  • Mary: 2nd Century and Beyond
  • Mary in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • The Rosary: History and Ecumenical Perspective
  • Mary and Outline: Doctrines, Rosary, Apparitions, etc. (9)
  • Mary - RCIA: Mary in NT with bibliography
  • Development of Marian Doctrines: Immaculate Conception and the Assumption

Military Monastic Orders: Templars, Hospitallers, Teutonic Knights, Knights of the

  • Holy Sepulcher

Moses:

  • The Name, Etymology

Papal States:

  • Short History

Quest for the Historical Jesus:

  • Historical Mini-Outline of Major Authors Since the Enlightenment.

Sacraments:

  • History and Theology
  • Sacraments in General
  • Baptism and Confirmation
  • Eucharist
  • Penance
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Matrimony

Satan:

  • History, Demonic Possession

Science and Religion:

  • Outline of Catholic context - Augustine to John Paul II
  • Do science and religion, faith and reason necessarily conflict? Official and theological positions of Catholic church on the relationship of science and religion.

Social Teachings of the Catholic Church:

  • Encyclicals from Leo XII and other Official Statements

Spirituality:

  • Nature and Purpose
 
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