To offer a thorough reading of the history of the Church, during the period taken in consideration, through a methodology that allows students to acquire a reliable capacity of reading, inquiring, and synthetizing.
1. The birth of a New Age: Age of revolutions: 1789-1801. Napoleonic Empire: 1801-1815. Restoration: 1815-1848. Pius IX and the European States: 1848-1878. Struggle of the Church: 1878-1914. 2. The “Roman Question”: Papacy, a “voice in the desert”: 1914-1939. The Church, “leaven in the dough”: 1939-today. 3. The Church and the Modern World: The Syllabus of Pius IX. The Council Vatican I. The Social Question. The Modernism. The reform of the Curia and the Code of Canon Law. The Church facing Nationalism and Totalitarianism. The Church during the Second World War and during the post-war: 1945-1958. The Ecumenical movement. 4. The Council Vatican II and the post-Council. 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; identify the different elements of the new awareness the Church acquired about her mission; discover the origins and development of several questions still very much part of today’s Church; better evaluate the role of Council Vatican II and its continuing enlightening role in the life of the Church.
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