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Catholic Social Teaching, Theology, and Sociology: Exploring the Common Ground

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), 1016 Manila, Philippines
Religions 2019, 10(10), 557; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10100557
Received: 19 August 2019 / Revised: 13 September 2019 / Accepted: 15 September 2019 / Published: 27 September 2019
Drawing on some secondary literature and using sociological perspectives, in this paper, I trace the fundamental conflict and differences between sociology and theology as academic disciplines and draw some implications on why the contributions of sociological inquiries and their empirical assessments of society and human behavior are seldom used in literature and learning materials on Catholic social teaching (CST)—a body of moral principles based on papal, conciliar, and other official Church documents on the Christian faith and social concerns. I argue that despite methodological and theoretical differences, sociology and CST’s moral theology can share a common ground in dealing with the social order: the moral theologizing of CST begins where sociologizing ends. Sociology is a necessary tool to reformulate CST’s Christian message to the constantly changing historical and social contexts and provide empirical illustrations to its moral teachings. View Full-Text
Keywords: Catholic social teaching; Catholic social thought; sociology; theology; moral theology; positivism; sociology of religion Catholic social teaching; Catholic social thought; sociology; theology; moral theology; positivism; sociology of religion
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Ballano, V. Catholic Social Teaching, Theology, and Sociology: Exploring the Common Ground. Religions 2019, 10, 557.

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