DO980EE The Catechism of the Catholic Church

This course will examine the modern Catechism of the Catholic Church (hereafter CCC). Its focus will be on the content of the doctrines the church teaches and the style through which it teaches them. It is divided into four major sections, each corresponding to the four major sections of the CCC.

The first of these four parts is entitled the Profession of Faith and is based on the Nicene Creed. It reviews the doctrine of the Trinity of God, the incarnation of Christ, and the role of the church in the economy of salvation.

The second part is called The Celebration of the Christian Mystery and it describes the Liturgy of the church and the seven sacraments that it celebrates.

The third part is entitled Life in Christ and it discusses the moral teachings of the church.

The fourth part of the Catechism discusses Christian Prayer

DO910EE The Trinity

Belief in the Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is the essence of Christian belief. At holy Mass we profess the Triune God using a formulation—a Credo—dating back to the fourth century, the product of scriptural interpretation, proclamation of the Word, liturgical practice, fierce debate, and ultimately, two ecumenical councils. So carefully was the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed written, so true to holy Scripture and writings of the Church Fathers, so careful in its choice of words, that it stands, largely unchanged, after sixteen centuries, despite the Great Schism, the Protestant Reformation, the Age of Reason, and the unfettered thought of latter-day theologians. But do we understand it? Do we know why and how its words were so carefully chosen, and more importantly, what they mean? Indeed, do we believe we can grasp the meaning of words such as begotten or consubstantial or proceeds from the Father and the Son?Furthermore, in describing the Holy Trinity, do we understand what the Church Fathers meant by person? Can we relate these terms in any meaningful way to our lives as Christians?

DO907EE The Theology of Liturgy

This course provides an introduction to the history, theology, and praxis of the Liturgy of the Catholic Church, and explores the function of the Liturgy as an integral component of the Christian mission.  Using theological and legislative documents of the Church’s Magisterium, as well as relevant secondary and scholarly materials, the course will explore fundamental anthropological, theological, legal, and historical foundations which underlie the Church’s liturgical tradition and practice.