Catholic School Matters

February 1, 2021

Fratelli Tutti

This week marks the beginning of a monthlong study of Fratelli Tutti (link to the text here) on the Catholic School Matters podcast. I realize that everyone is busy so I’ve tried to break down the encyclical into five manageable parts. The first section is Chapter One and my guest is author and theologian Dr. Ann Garrido. Here’s a link to our podcast conversation. Take the 30 minutes to read Chapter One and then listen to us discuss the most inspiring parts.

The introduction and first chapter illustrate the relevance of this encyclical on solidarity during the pandemic. We explore Pope Francis’ thoughts on relationships between Muslims and Christians (including the example of St. Francis himself), he meaning of solidarity & fraternity, the impact of the pandemic on our fragile societies, the deconstruction of history and the value of truth, and the impact of online behavior on our relationships. Ann shares insights from her upcoming book Rules of Engagement due out this month which explores social media.

Here’s the link to a Fratelli Tutti google doc with inspirational quotes, study guides, and other resources. Feel free to print out and use in your own newsletters! This study of a papal encyclical fits in with other podcasts about church documents.

Here’s the link to previous podcasts about Church documents:

· Joy of the Gospel with David Faber

· Vatican II overview with Fr. John O’Malley, SJ & Fr. Oliver Doyle

· Declaration of Christian Education with Sr. Mary John Fleming, OP

· To Teach as Jesus Did with Dr. Tom Burnford

· To Teach Them with Gwen Byrd

· The Catholic School with Sr. Elizabeth Anne Allen, OP

· Lay Catholics in Schools with Tom McDonald & Tom Schutte

· Religious Dimension of Education in Catholic Schools with John Galvan

· In Support of Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools with Dr. Kevin Baxter

· Principles for Education Reform in the United States with Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, PhD

· The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium with Rev. John Belmonte, SJ

· Consecrated Persons & Their Mission in Schools with Jack Peterson

· Renewing our Commitment with Bishop Robert Lynch

· Educating Together in Catholic Schools with Kristin Melley

· Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism with Bishop George Murry

· Educating to Fraternal Humanism with Michael Zelenka

· Amoris Laetitia with Fr. James Keenan, SJ

· Male & Female He Created Them with Rev. Bryan Massingale

· Laudato Si with Dr. Dan DiLeo

Next week, I’ll be back with a podcast conversation with Fr. Joe Corpora about Chapter 2 which focuses on the Parable of the Good Samaritan and mercy.

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Dr. Tim Uhl

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