Prof. Carbajo > FST - San Diego (USA) Friday 21 July 2017

Prof. Carbajo`s courses
Fall 2016, 2017, 2018

Ethical Challenges and Laudato Si'
Fall Semester 2017

After introducing the main ethical principles of the Franciscan Tradition, this course will examine some of the major social ethical challenges in our society from a Franciscan perspective.


In some aspects, the course can be considered a continuation of the CE 602 on Catholic Social Teaching, but with a more specific emphasis on the Franciscan Tradition.

- Course Schedule map (Fall 2017)
CE 602 Church's Social Teaching (CRN 136)
Fall Semester 2016
- Syllabus (PDF)
- This course is now activated at your Blackboard (link)
- On your research paper (PDF)
September 2016
September 9  - Introduction
- Course overview: Syllabus, course description and requirements (PPSinPDF)
- Clarification of concepts: Morality and ethics; Specificity of the CST within Catholic theology (PPSinPDF)
- CSDC n. 60-86
- Vatican II: GS 10, 22, 45; OT 16; DV 6-10, 17, 24-26.
Other possible readings:
- Veritatis Splendor (VS): 2, 8, 12, 15, 25-30, 83, 85, 109-117
- Evangelium vitae (EV): 53-57, 60-62, 65-66.
- Catechism (CCC): 50-114, 131-133, 1691-1748, 2052-2063, 2083-2087, 2090-2093. The necessity of the Moral Law: 1959, 2070, 2242
- Similarities and differences between a study on morality done by sociologists and one done by theologians
- The Bible, the Tradition and the Magisterium are "sources" of moral theology. Why? Why even reason is a "source" (secondary)?
- Distinguish between a moral value and other types of value?
- Why is the moral value the most important and the one which defines people more deeply?
September 16: The social nature of human beings
1) Read:
- Encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the condition of labor) (Link) (PPSinPDF)
- Shannon, Thomas A., Rerum novarum, (MCST 127 – 150) (PDF)
2) The truth about man: theological anthropology that underlies the CST) (PPSinPDF)
- Other anthropological theories: how CST differs from social, political, and economic ideologies
- CSDC n. 105-151.
Other possible readings:
- Pope, Stephen J. Natural law in CST (MCST 41-71)
- The social nature of the human person (CCC, 1878-1889, 1929)
- Trinitarian communio & social life (CCC 267, 738, 1693).

September 23:

1) Read:
- Encyclical Quadragesimo anno (After forty years) (PPSinPDF)
- Hinze, Christine F., Quadragesimo anno (MCST 151-174).
2) CST Foundations (PPSinPDF)
- Biblical Roots and historical development
- Sources, Methodology, Principles & Application
- Key documents
- CSDC n. 87-104
Other possible readings:
-Donahue, John R., The Bible and CST (MCST 9-40).

September 30

1) Read:
- Encyclical Mater et Magistra, (Mother and Teacher)
- Mich, Marvin L., Mater et Magistra (MCST  191-216).
2) CST guiding principles: Human dignity and the Common good (PPSinPDF)
- CSDC n. 160-170.
Other possible readings:
- Schuck, Michael J, Early Modern Roman CST 1740-1890 (MCST 99-126)
- USCCB, Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics.

October 7

1) Read:
-Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes (The Church in the Modern World)
-Hollenbach, David, Gaudium et Spes (MCST  266 – 291)
2) CST guiding principles: subsidiarity and solidarity (fraternity) (PPSinPDF)
- Preferential option for the poor & Universal destination of goods
- CST fundamental social values
- CST most important documents.
- CSDC n. 171-208,
- U.S. Catholic Bishops, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, 1998.
October 14:
1) Read:
- Encyclical Pacem in terris, (Peace on Earth)
- Christiansen, Drew, Pacem in terris (MCST 217-243).
2) Peace: How to be builders of peace;  war, violence, death penalty: a moral assessment (Peace) (Just War)
- CSDC n. 488-520.
- USCCB, A culture of Life and the Penalty of Death.
Other possible readings:
- USCCB, The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and our Response.
- Curran, Charles E., The reception of Catholic approaches to Peace and War in the USA (MCST 493-521).
- USCCB, A Good Friday Appeal to End the Death Penalty
- USCCB, Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice.

October 21 (Reading week)

October 28
1) Read:
- Apostolic letter Octogesima adveniens, (A call to action)
- Gudorf, Christine E., Octogesima adveniens (MCST 315-332)
2) Human rights as an ethical peace project (PPSinPDF)
- CSDC n. 152-159
- Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, The Church and Human rights.
Other possible readings::
- Statement of the Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 1971.
November 4
1) Read:
- Encyclical Populorum progressio (On the development of Peoples)
- Deck, Allan F. Populorum progressio (MCST  292-314).
2) Social Justice (PPSinPDF)
- Different types of justice (CCC, 2411-2412, 1807): Distributive (CCC, 2236-2411), Legal, Commutative, Social (CCC, 1928-42)
- Himes Kenneth R., Justitia in Mundo (MCST  333-362)
Other possible readings:
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail (Role of Churches on social justice issues)
November 11
1) Read:
- Encyclical Laborem exercens (On human work)
- Lamoureux, Patricia A., Laborem exercens (MCST 389 – 414)
2) Dignity of work and workers (PPSinPDF)
- CSDC n. 255-322.
- USCCB, Respecting the Just Rights of Workers.
November 18
1) Read:
- Encyclical  Centesimus annus, (The hundredth year)
- Finn, Daniel (MCST  436-466).
2) Private property (PPSinPDF)
- Pontifical council for Justice and Peace, The Universal Purpose of created things, (22011) (original 1979)
- USCCB: “Economic Justice for All”, 1986, Intro & Chapter 2
Other possible readings:
- USCCB, Strangers No Longer: Together on a Journey of Hope, 2003

November 25 (Thanksgiving Holiday)


December 2

- Encyclical Sollicitudo rei socialis, (On social concern)
- Curran, Charles E. – Himes, Kenneth R., Sollicitudo rei socialis (MCST 415-435).
2) Faith & Politics: The role of religion in the public realm (PPSinPDF)
- CSDC n. 377-450
- USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 2015.
Other possible readings:
- Gaudium et Spes, §§77-93; Evangelii Gaudium, §§50-75, 176-258.
- Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Doctrinal Note on some question regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life (link)
- Carbajo Núñez M., «The contribution by religions to peaceful coexistence in society», in Studia Moralia 53/1 (2015) 83-101
December 9
- Encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth)
2) Economic justice & the Preferential Option for the Poor (PPSinPDF)
- CSDC n. 323-376
- Gaudium et Spes, §§ 63-76; CCC, §§2401-2463.
- Curran, Charles E., The reception of Catholic Social and Economic Teaching in the USA (MCST 469-521).
Other possible readings:
- Pontifical council for Justice and Peace, Social and ethical aspects of economics, 2011 (PDF)

December 16:

1) Read:
- Francesco, Encyclical Laudato Si' (On care for our common home)
2) The ecological crisis: Environmental injustice
- CSDC n. 451-487.
- Carbajo Núñez, Martin,  «Global ethical challenges in the light of
the Encyclical Laudato Si' and the Jubilee of Mercy», in Antonianum 91/2 (2016) 333-359.
Other possible readings:
- USCCB, Renewing the Earth (link)
- Delio – K.D. Warner – P. Wood, Care for Creation. A Franciscan spirituality of the earth, Franciscan Media, Cincinati 2007, 81-93 (PDF).
Franciscan Spirituality and Ethics in the Digital Age
Fall Semester 2017

This course will study some of the major ethical challenges and opportunities that the Mass Media and the Internet present to the family, the education sector and the parish.


The digital and mass mediated culture compels to redefine the role of parents and teachers in accompanying the “mobile born” generations in the use of new media. Something similar can be said about the use of new technologies in running the parish and celebrating the liturgy.


Besides this focus on the ethical use of new media in education and pastoral care, the course will also analyze some specific problems such as cyberbullying and exhibitionism in social networks

- Course Schedule map (Fall 2017)
CE 601 Information Technology and Ethics (CRN 134)
Fall Semester 2016
- Syllabus (PDF)
- This course is now activated at your Blackboard (link)
- On your research paper (PDF)
September 2016
September 6  - Introduction
- Course overview: Syllabus, course description and requirements (PPSinPDF)
- The technocratic paradigm (PDF) (PPSinPDF)
- Encyclical Laudato Si’ n. 101-114.
- Guardini Romano, «Our world: today and tomorrow», in Id,
Guardini. An Anthology of the writings of Romano Guardini
, LTP, Chicago 1997, 14-49 (PDF)
September 13:
1) Read:
- PCSC, "Ethics in Internet"
- PCSC- "The Church and Internet"
2) Digital Age Challenges: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
- Carbajo Núñez, Martin, «Digital Age Challenges and Consecrated Life», in Studia Moralia 53/2 (2015) 269-291 (PDF)
Other possible readings:
- "The Internet: Between Theology and Technology" (Spadaro 1-19) (link)
- John Paul II, "Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel "(Link)

September 20:

1) Read: "Pastoral instruction Communio et progressio" (link)
2) The information technology: a historical evolution (PPSinPDF)
- "Setting the Scene" (Lynch 1-18)
Other possible readings:
- "Homo Loquens: Humanity in the Age of Speech" (Poe)
- John Paul II, "The Communications Media at the Service of Authentic Peace in the Light of 'Pacem in Terris'" (link)

September 27

1) Read:
- Vatican II, Decree Inter Mirifica (link)
2) The information technology: From the oral to the typographic culture (PPSinPDF)
- "The Technology of the Book… Evolution of the Species" (Lynch 19-42)
Other possible readings:
- Orality and Literacy (Mooij 41-62)
- Talk about Technologies (Gardner 15-34) (PDF)

October 4 (st Francis) 


October 11

1) Read:
- Francis, "Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter" (Link)
- Benedict XVI, "Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization" (Link)
2) The information technology: Newspapers and electronic media (PPSinPDF_full)
- "Unpacking the Generations: From Biology to Culture to Technology" (Gardner 35-59) (PDF)
Other possible readings:
- Benedict XVI, "Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization" (link)
- Ethics after the Information Revolution (Floridi 3-19
- Ethical Values and the Digital Frontier: Utilitarianism, Contractarianism, Pluralism, Natural Law (Spinello 1-25)

October 18 (Reading week)

October 25: A human sense to technology
1) Read:
- PCCS, "Pastoral instruction Aetatis Novae on Social Communications" (Link)
- John Paul II, "Cinema: Communicator of Culture and of Values" (link)
2) Life between nature (physis) and artifice (téchne): a difficult balance
- "Introduction to Ethics" (Quinn)
- F. Bacon, "The Great Instauration of Human Control in the Universe" (PDF)
Other possible readings:
- "The Human Being: decoder and Search Engine for God" (Spadaro 19-28) (link)
- St. Thomas of Aquinas, on Law (PDF)
- Simone de Beauvoir, "The Ethics of ambiguity" (PDF)
- John Paul II, "Mass media: a friendly companion for those in search of the Father" (link)
November 1
1) Read:
- Francis, "Communication and Mercy: A fruitful Encounter" (link)
- Francis, "Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love" (link)
2) Anthropological and theological basis to guide the use of technology (PPSinPDF)
- "The Obstinacy of the Physical" (Lynch 43-62)
Other possible readings:
- John Paul II, "Television and family: guidelines for good viewing" (link)
November 8
1) Read:
- PCSC, "Pornography and Violence in the Communications Media: a pastoral response" (link)
- Benedict XV: "Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education" (link)
2) Ethical principles (PPSinPDF)
- Education… Technological Fast (Lynch 63-76)
Other possible readings:
- Pornography in Cyberspace and Content Controls (Spinello 65-78)
- John Paul II, "The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness" (link)
November 15
1) Read:
- John Paul II, "Letter to artists" (link)
- Benedict XVI, "The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word" (link)
2) Communication techniques used by Christians along history (PPSinPDF)
- Liturgy, Sacraments, and Virtual Presence (Spadaro 71-92) (link)
Other possible readings:
- John Paul II, "Preach from the housetops: The Gospel in the Age of Global Communication" (link)
- John Paul II, "Proclaiming Christ in the Media at the Dawn of the New Millennium" (link)
- Britton, Karla, Constructing the ineffable: contemporary sacred architecture, Yale Univ. press, New Haven CT 2011.
- Seasoltz, R. Kevin, A sense of the sacred: theological foundations of Christian architecture and art, Continuum, New York 2008.
November 22
1) Read:
- PCSC, "Ethics in advertising" (link)
- John Paul II, "The Media: Modern Forum for Promoting the Role of Women in Society" (link)
2) Advertising techniques (PPSinPDF)
- "Apps and Intimate Relationships" (Gardner  92-119) (PDF)
Other possible readings:
- "In intimacy, new solitudes" (Turkle 151-186; 241-264)

November 29

- PCCS, "Ethics in Communication" (link)
- Benedict XVI, "The Media: A Network for Communication, Communion and Cooperation" (link)
2) Mass Media theories: How information technology influences human behavior (PPSinPDF)
- Hacker Ethics and Christian vision (Spadaro 51-71) (link)
Other possible readings:
- Digital Identity (Miller 159-182)
December 6
- Benedict XVI, "Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age" (link)
- Benedict XVI, "New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship" (link)
2) Privacy (PPSinPDF)
- Information Privacy (Quinn)
- The Mystical and Connective Body (Spadaro 29-50) (link)
Other possible readings:
- Regulating Internet Privacy (Spinello 153-181)
- "Everyone is Watching“: Privacy and Surveillance in Digital Life (Miller 111-132)
- Privacy (Reynolds 131-178)

December 13:

1) Read:
- John Paul II, "The rapid development, Apostolic letter to those responsible for communications" (link)
- Benedict XVI, "The Media: At the Crossroads between Self-Promotion and Service. Searching for the Truth in order to Share it with Others" (link)
2) Codes of ethics of journalism
- Professional Ethics (Quinn)
Other possible readings:
- John Paul II, "The Communications Media: At the Service of Understanding Among Peoples" (link)
- Appendix: Codes of Ethics (Winston 444-462)
Other readings
- Guardini, Our world (PDF)
- Carbajo, Digital Age challenges (PDF)
Spadaro, Antonio, Cybertheology. Thinking Christianity in the Era of the Internet, Fordham Univ. Press, New York 2014 (link)
Carbajo Núñez, Martín, "Laudato Si'" (PDF)


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