We believe that Catholic social teaching is a humanistic tradition of inquiry. It transcends our usual categories of conservative and liberal when investigating social, economic, and political reality. It articulates the dignity and social nature of each person. Further, it explores how a Christian understanding of the person and society works to improve human institutions and practices. It examines the importance of values as foundational for professional life and the attainment of the common good. The vision of a consistent ethic in professional life is a work in progress -- Catholic social teaching attempts to provide a foundational methodology for such a consistent ethic.
To encourage the use of Catholic social teaching in the classroom at every level, the Office for Mission & Ministry sponsors a week-long curriculum development workshop. The May workshop is offered to Villanova faculty. In years past, a June program, similar in content was offered to teaching faculty from regional high schools, colleges and universities. At present, this workshop is not being offered.