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Where does the Catholic Church stand today with reference to Rerum Novarum (the original encyclical on social justice)?

Dr. Maria Pilar Aquino discusses the importance and richness of the teachings of Rerum Novarum, but is worried about the weak voice it holds in parishes and with the average American Catholic. She condemns the Church’s hierarchy’s focus on sexual topics and calls for a stronger voice for social justice in the world. Catholic Social Teaching should be the most important issue for the people of the Church today.

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About the Interviewee:

Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D. currently teaches at the University of San Diego. She is a Catholic Latina Theologian whose primary areas are liberation theologies, social ethics, and feminist theologies, with special interests in intercultural approaches, conflict transformation, and religious peacebuilding studies. She was co-founder and first woman president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States and has authored more than fifty books and Journal articles.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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