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TMP 322.03

New Ecclesiologies and Ministries in the Catholic Church

This advanced course in Ecclesiology is one of the follow-up courses to the discipline of Fundamental Ecclesiology. It studies more specific concerns in the life of the Church ad intra, i.e., its self-understanding, and ad extra in regard to its relationship with the world. Issues especially pertaining to Church ministries will be addressed. Fr. Graziano Battistella, C.S., Ph.D.

The course focuses on methodological approaches in doing a theology of migration. It begins with anthropological-sociological perspectives to understanding migrants’ experiences, and suggests possible conceptual categories that can be used to construct migration theologies. Specific attention is given to the notions of “locus theologicus” and “signs of times.” Samples of specific attempts at doing systematic theologies from the migrants’ contexts are analyzed. Students are expected to participate in the construction of theologies for and with migrants.

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