General Objective: To acquire knowledge of the evolution of the past two hundred years of Church history.
Course Outline: 1. Church and State Relationships: The “Roman question”. Separatism, a solution? 2. The Church in new relations with society: The “social question”. 3. Church and Modern World: The Modernist crisis. The Syllabus. The Vatican I. The Missions. 4: Church and Churches. The Ecumenical movement. The Vatican II.
Bibliography: Aubert, Roger, ed. The Christian Centuries: A New History of The Catholic Church. Vol. 5, The Church in A Secularised Society. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1978; Barry, Colman, ed. Readings in Church
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to gain a good sense of the challenges the Church had to face during this period; to identify the different elements of the new awareness the Church acquired about her mission; to discover the origins and development of several questions still very much part of today’s Church; to better evaluate the role of Council Vatican II and its continuing enlightening role in the life of the Church.