To acquire knowledge of the evolution of the past two hundred years of Church history.
1. Church and State Relationships: The “Roman question”. Separatism, a solution? 2. The Church in new relations with society: The “social question”. 3. Church and Modern World: The Modernist crisis. The Syllabus. The Vatican I. The Missions. 4: Church and Churches. The Ecumenical movement. The Vatican II.
Aubert, Roger, ed. The Christian Centuries: A New History of The Catholic Church. Vol. 5, The Church in A Secularised Society. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1978; Barry, Colman, ed. Readings in Church History. Westminster: Newman Press, 1965; Bellitto, Christopher. The General Councils: A History of The Twenty-One Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2002; Bokenkotter, Thomas. A Concise History of the Catholic Church. Revised and Expanded Edition. New York: Doubleday, 2005; Duffy, Eamon. Saints and Sinners: A History of The Popes. London: Yale University Press, 2015; Latourette, Kenneth, ed. History of The Expansion of Christianity. Vol. 4, The Great Century, A.D. 1800-A.D. 1914: Europe and The United States of America. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945; Latourette, Kenneth, ed. History of The Expansion of Christianity. Vol. 5, The Great Century in The Americas, Australasia, and Africa, A.D. 1800-A.D. 1914. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945; Latourette, Kenneth, ed. History of The Expansion of Christianity. Vol. 6, The Great Century in Northern Africa and Asia, A.D. 1800-A.D. 1914. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945; Latourette, Kenneth, ed. History of the Expansion of Christianity. Vol. 7, Advance Through Storm, A.D. 1914 And After, With Concluding Generalizations. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945; MacCulloch, Diarmaid. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. New York: Viking, 2010; McBrien, Richard. The Church: The Evolution of Catholicism. New York: HarperOne, 2009; Roberts, John Morris. Europe, 1880-1945. London: Routledge, 2014; Roberts, John Morris. Europe in the XIX century (1815-1914). Cambridge: CUP, 2015.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to have gained a good sense of the challenges the Church had to face during this period; to identify the different elements of the new awareness the Church acquired about her mission; to discover the origins and development of several questions still very much part of today’s Church; to better evaluate the role of Council Vatican II and its continuing enlightening role in the life of the Church.