Massaro provides a necessary companion text to any course that deals with issues of social justice, the role of the Church in the modern world, or the relationship between religion and public policy. It is simultaneously academically rigorous and easily accessible to students. Broad, honest, and practical, it serves a variety of courses and invites much needed dialogue between religion that has become increasingly privatized in the public square. (Brian Scott, vice president of student affairs, Catholic Memorial High School)
This new, updated edition of Living Justice
will be enthusiastically welcomed by all who want to give their students an accurate, comprehensive, and reader-friendly introduction to Catholic social teaching. (Jon Nilson, Loyola University Chicago)
I am grateful for this updated edition of Tom Massaro's Living Justice
. I have used the earlier edition for several years now, and my students have found it a clear and accessible presentation. However, as Fr. Massaro notes, Catholic social teaching is not a static genre as Benedict XVI extended and enriched it with his Encyclical Caritas in Veritate
in 2009. The new edition integrates this important contribution, particularly in Benedict's treatment of the global economy and the environment. I continue to find particularly helpful the Questions for Reflection provided at the end of each chapter, as well as the quite useful section on Applying Catholic Social Teaching in the Real World, always the challenge for my students and for all of us in the Church. (James R. Stormes, S.J., Anna and Joseph LoSchiavo Chair in Catholic Studies and Social Thought, University of San Francisco)
I enthusiastically endorse the text for the following reasons:1. The text balances and integrates very well the historical development of Catholic Social Teaching, the core values of CST, and its application to present day and future societal issues.2. The “Questions for Reflection” at the end of chapters is an excellent pedagogical feature. I will recommend to my students that they read the questions first in order to provide them a context in which to read the specific chapter. 3. For courses and programs that require a strong writing component, Massaro’s suggestions contained in the 'Topics for Further Research' provide a valuable assistance for both students and instructor.4. The interdisciplinary nature of the text would be an excellent requirement for a 'Learning-Community”'project which links a Catholic Social Teaching course with an appropriate course in Political Science, Sociology or History or as a supplemental text in any course exploring Social Justice regardless of the discipline.5. The text is extremely accessible to undergraduates, parish adult education programs and at the same time quite appropriate for the graduate level course. (Peter H. Beisheim, Stonehill College)I like the updated sections that serve to make the text more relevant and current and real!
(Mary Ann Baran, Notre Dame College)