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Journal of Catholic Higher Education

The only international journal dedicated to contemporary Catholic higher education

Now Available: Volume 35, Number 2

Catholic higher education strives to educate future business leaders with a well-developed appreciation for the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). This latest issue of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education features articles that consider ways to effectively teach the intersection of business and ethics: by incorporating students’ lived family experiences to impart a more complete understanding of CST; applying the institution’s mission directly to the business curriculum; and integrating the needs of the community into the curriculum. This issue also includes a retrospective look at Ex corde Ecclesiae with thoughts on ensuring its vitality, and an article on the importance of defining the distinctive nature of Catholic education by the contemplative disposition it inspires in its students.


In this issue:

The Hermeneutical Function of the Family in Right Understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and Its Use for Catholic University Education
Justin Anderson
The principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) are often viewed through a political lens, resulting in negative prejudices and misunderstanding. A more complete understanding of CST can be achieved when taught from the perspective of family experiences, rather than the halls of Congress. The author proposes that Catholic business schools are given a trove of character-forming devices in the student’s lived family experiences, which can be used to more successfully impart the principles of CST in the business curriculum – and across all of Catholic higher education.

The Need for Deeper Roots: Making a Mission-driven Case for Poverty-related Issues in Business Education
Michael Naughton and Rachelle de la Cruz
Helping students recognize the effect of business decisions on the poor and marginalized in society is imperative to educating ethical business leaders. Catholic colleges and universities should draw upon their founding mission, and apply these values directly to the curriculum. The authors offer suggestions for how this approach can integrate specific business courses in the fields of marketing, management, organizational behavior, finance, and accounting.

Beyond Professionalizing the Agricultural Curriculum for Poverty Alleviation and Prosperity: A Case Study of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Catholic University Institute of Buea
Laetitia Ako Kima, Mbohjim Othniel Mobit, Takwi Solange Ndzeshala, Salome Mokabe Itoe, and Nyindem Asongwe Bernard
Higher education is considered critical to alleviating poverty, particularly in the developing world. However, limited success has been achieved in Cameroon under traditional university approaches, as evidenced by a high unemployment rate among graduates and concerns about the lack of business ethics and values. With these challenges in mind, the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Catholic University Institute of Buea developed a model curriculum to address the immediate needs of communities, with a program that has successfully harnessed the creative energies of young people and offers new career and job opportunities in high-poverty areas.

The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae: Toward a Communio between the Magisterium and Theology
Michael Hahn, OSB
The identity and mission of a Catholic university continues to be a question worthy of consideration as we marked the 25th anniversary of the promulgation in 1990 of Ex corde Ecclesiae, John Paul II’s apostolic constitution on Catholic universities. This essay takes a retrospective look at the document and suggests it can remain a source of vitality for Catholic universities, but only when institutions take a new perspective on several factors, including its implementation in the United States.

Contemplation, Attention, and the Distinctive Nature of Catholic Education
Rik Van Nieuwenhove
Catholic identity is often articulated in terms of values that are widely shared throughout society (such as social justice, inclusiveness, and tolerance). Pointing to Saint Thomas’s understanding of contemplation (knowing and loving God) as well as Simone Weil’s notion of “attention,” the author asserts that Catholic education should not be primarily defined in terms of societal values, but by the contemplative disposition it fosters among its students.



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