General Objective: Offer theoretical foundations for particular pastoral activities, as well as for further studies of specialization. Specific Objectives: - Explore the historical roots of Pastoral Theology as a proper form of theological reflection, linked, on the one hand, to biblical, systematic, moral, and spiritual theological traditions, and on the other, to human, personal and social activities. - Study the current understandings of Pastoral Theology from a specific Catholic approach. - Clarify the terms “pastoral” and “practical”, and the question of which is more appropriate to refer to the discipline. - Provide a theological pastoral mind-set for ministry.
Course Outline: 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. Learning Outcomes: - The students, who have already been involved in pastoral experiences and offices, will acquire a critical awareness of both their theoretical grounds as well as their present challenges. - They will be competent in drafting a pastoral plan for a particular context adapted to its real situation and aiming at a viable change.
CAHALAN K.-MIKOSKI G., 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, LEV 2013); MIDALI M., Practical Theology. Historical development of its foundational and scientific character (Rome, LAS 2000) [Teologia Pratica: 1. Cammino storico di una riflessione fondante e scientifica, Roma, LAS 52011; Teologia Pratica: 5. Per un’attuale configurazione scientifica, Roma, LAS 2011]; MILLER MCLEMORE B. (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology (Malden, Wiley-Blackwell 2012); OSMER R., Practical Theology: An Introduction (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans 2008).