This course is an introductory survey of the institutional and intellectual history of Modern Catholicism from 1648 (the unofficial end of the religious wars in Europe following the Reformation) to the present. It explores the reciprocal relationship between the unfolding of history and the development of Catholic theology. Much attention will be given to significant events (such as the First and Second Vatican Councils) and important personalities (particularly popes, bishops and theologians) that shaped the teachings and attitudes in Rome. Equal weight will be given to the lived experience of Catholicism in the unique political and social context of Canada. Lectures and periodic Tutorials; Book Review; Primary Source Analysis and choice of Final Assignment (Research Paper or Final Examination).
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