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Catholic Intellectual Tradition Texts (update Fall 2020)

Faculty must include at least one author/text from the list below. Faculty are encouraged to consider putting at least two of these texts in critical dialogue with each other. 

  1. Papal Encyclicals (available on the vatican.va website). Possibilities include:
    1. Rerum Novarum (Leo XIII, 1891)
    2. Fides et Ratio (John Paul II, 1998)
    3. Deus Caritas Est (Benedict XVI, 2005)
    4. Laudato Si’ (Francis, 2015)
    5. Fratelli Tutti (Francis, 2020)
  2. Gaudium et Spes (Second Vatican Council, 1965)
  3. Economic Justice for All. A Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the US Economy (USCCB, 1986).
  4. Open Wide our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. Pastoral letter on Racism (USCCB, 2018).

1.      Dorothy Day

a.      The Long Loneliness

b.      From Union Square to Rome

c.       Loaves and Fishes

2.      Thomas Merton

a.       Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master, The Essential Writings

b.      The Seven Storey Mountain

c.       Raids on the Unspeakable

d.      New Seeds of Contemplation

  1. Charles Taylor, The Malaise of Modernity (aka, The Ethics of Authenticity)
  2. William T. Cavanaugh, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire
  3. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity (especially Section I: Belief in the World of Today)
  4. Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture
  5. E. F. Schumacher, A Guide for the Perplexed
  6. G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  7. Gustavo Gutiérrez
    • “The Task and Content of Liberation Theology”
    • On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent
    • In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez

1.      Flannery O’Connor

a.       “Revelation”

b.      “The Enduring Chill”

c.       “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

d.      Essays from Mystery and Manners

e.       Wise Blood

2.      Walker Percy

a.       The Moviegoer

b.      Love in the Ruins

c.       Lost in the Cosmos

3.      Graham Greene

a.       The Power and the Glory

b.      The End of the Affair

c.       “The Hint of an Explanation”

4.      Gerard Manley Hopkins

a.       The Major Works

b.      Poems and Prose

5.      Evelyn Waugh

a.       Brideshead Revisited

6.      Shūsaku Endō

a.       Silence

7.      J. R. R. Tolkien

a.       The Hobbit

b.      On Fairy Stories

8.      Annie Dillard

a.       Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

b.      Holy the Firm

c.      Teaching a Stone