Module 1: Catholic Social Teaching and Integral Human Development

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Module 1 introduces the concept of integral human development (IHD) in Catholic social teaching, and illustrates how these ideas have formed the foundation for the Catholic Relief Services Integral Human Development framework. It offers a definition, history and vision for the IHD framework, and provides readings for reflection and discussion.

The slide deck, Catholic Social Teaching and Integral Human Development, is this Module's core resource.  It is designed to be self-guided for use by individual learners, along with discussion questions, readings, and exercises.  The slide deck can also be used as a presentation in a more traditional classroom format.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Define integral human development and trace its history in Catholic social teaching.

2. Identify the key elements of Catholic social teaching that form the foundation of the Catholic Relief Services Integral Human Development (IHD) framework.

3. Identify the vision and theory of change for the IHD framework.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. How do the photos and images in the Module 1 slide deck illustrate concepts from Catholic social teaching and integral human development?

2. Which illustrative moments, concepts, and documents within Catholic social teaching stand out to you? Which surprise you? Which are new to you? Why?

3. Why are inclusion and participation of affected communities essential to integral human development?

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

Term Sheet

Primary Resources

CRS Slide Deck: Catholic Social Teaching and Integral Human Development

 

This slide deck is the core resource for Module 1.  It examines illustrative moments, concepts, and documents within Catholic social teaching (CST) as they relate to integral human development.  It also introduces the CRS Integral Human Development Conceptual Framework.

Article: “Proclaiming the Reign of God in a Suffering World: The Movement from Development to Liberation”

 

Placing liberation theology in dialogue with Catholic social teaching and the experiences of faith-based development agencies, this article develops a theological foundation that calls on missionaries to address the root causes of poverty as a key element of proclaiming the Good News. 14 pages. 

 

Kim Lamberty. "Proclaiming the Reign of God in a Suffering World: The Movement from Development to Liberation." Missiology: An International Review. Volume 45 Number 1. February 2017. p. 88 - 102. 

Papal Encyclical: Populorum Progressio

 

Authored by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the papal encyclical Populorum Progressio articulates the concept of integral human development as the Catholic orientation toward the holistic good of every person and of all people.

 

Pope Paul VI. “Populorum Progressio: Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the Development of Peoples.” The Vatican. March 26, 1967. Web.

Article: “Paul VI made ‘integral human development’ a Catholic touchstone.”

 

Writing in the year of its fiftieth anniversary, Thomas D. Williams discusses how Populorum Progressio still speaks to a world in flux.”

 

Thomas D. Williams. “Paul VI made ‘integral human development’ a Catholic touchstone.” Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse. Crux Catholic Media. June 11, 2017. Web.

CRS Video: Cardinal Turkson explains Integral Human Development

 

Watch minute marks 12:13 – 17:34 of this 55-minute video from a recent CRS-Vatican conference. His Eminence Peter K.A. Cardinal Turkson explains IHD, including the reminder that "development is about a human person, about each person, every human person present, both living now and coming in the future.”

 

“2018 Impact Investing – Welcoming Remarks” presented at Third CRS-Vatican Conference on Impact Investing: Scaling Investment in Service of Integral Human Development. YouTube video of welcoming remarks featuring His Eminence, Peter K.A. Cardinal Turkson, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, September 6, 2018. Web.

CRS Brochure: Integral Human Development: The Concept and the Framework

 

This brochure presents IHD as a central component of Catholic Relief Services' strategy and framework for analysis and program development, enabling the agency to more clearly see and understand the world of the poor, including both their strengths and their needs. 16 pages.

Secondary Resources

Article: In “The Catholic Doctrine of ‘Integral Human Development’ and its Influence on the International Development Community” Ludovic Bertina highlights the unique character of IHD and examines its influences on the theoretical framework of the international development community. Source: Ludovic Bertina. “The Catholic Doctrine of ‘Integral Human Development’ and its Influence on the International Development Community.” Found in International Development Policy: Religion and Development edited by G. Carbonnier, M. Kartas, and K. T. Silva. 2013. p 115 – 127.  Access via your university library or purchase here.

 

Article: “The economic vision of Pope Francis is a human vision.” Anthony Annett explores this statement in the context of the contrasting assumptions behind neoclassical economics and Catholic social teaching, and Pope Francis’ “moral charter for (a) new economic vision,” Laudato Si’.  Source: Anthony Annett. “The Economic Vision of Pope Francis.” Found in The Theological and Ecological Vision of Laudato Si: Everything is Connected edited by Vincent Miller. 2017. p 160 - 174. Access via your university library or purchase here.