General Objective: To explore the historical roots of Pastoral Theology as a proper form of theological reflection. To study the current understandings of Pastoral Theology from a specific Catholic approach. To provide a theological pastoral mind-set for ministry.
Course Outlines: 1. Part I, Historical: Pastoral work in the light of the Bible and Church history; beginning and development of Pastoral Theology in Protestant and Catholic areas before the Second Vatican Council; continuity and novelty at the Second Vatican Council; following perspectives. 2. Part II, Fundamental: Pastoral Theology and Practical Theology; disciplinary identity, material and formal objects, areas of action and dimensions; methods. 3. Part III, Thematic: Criteria and addresses for pastoral ministry in Evangelii gaudium; pastoral activities and pastoral conversion; models of pastoral work; pastoral challenges in urban contexts; pastoral projects and plans.
Bibliography: Cahalan, Kathleen, and Gordon Mikoski, eds. Opening the Field of Practical Theology: An Introduction. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; Francis. Evangelii gaudium: Apostolic Exhortation on the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world. Vatican City: Vatican Press, 2013; Midali, Mario. Practical Theology. Historical development of its foundational and scientific character. Rome: LAS, 2000; Miller McLemore, Bonnie, ed. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology. Malden: Wiley- Blackwell, 2012; Osmer, Richard. Practical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to acquire a critical awareness of both their theoretical grounds as well as their present challenges; to be competent in drafting a pastoral plan for a particular context adapted to its real situation and aiming at a viable change.