Special Online Course for CST on the occasion of 50th anniversary of the “Justice in the World”

Special Online Course for CST on the occasion of 50th anniversary of the “Justice in the World”

Woori (Our) Theology Institute based in Seoul, S. Korea, has been providing a “special online course for Catholic Social Teachings” on the occasion of 50th anniversary of the worldy known document called “Justice in the World” (1971) since last April.

Some 30 of women Religious, priests and lay leaders have since joined. The Second Vatican Council (1965) and “On Development of Peoples”(Populorum Progressio, 1967), which followed, directly influenced the church’s recognition of justice and peace as if it is just one concept of “justice-peace.” Populorum progressio is an encyclical written by Pope Paul VI on the topic of “the development of peoples” and that the economy of the world should serve mankind and not just the few. It was released on 26 March 1967.

Similarly, “Justice in the World” (1971) raised the important issue of justice by proclaiming the following: “Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel,..” (no. 6). The final document of the 2nd world bishops’ synod in 1971, at the same time, is a very important social doctrine that states that “Christian love of neighbor and justice cannot be separated.” (no. 34).

It is meaningful and timely to hold a lecture to mark the 50th anniversary of its publication and reflect on and study the significance of the document. However, it is expected that by studying Pope Francis’ recent literature “All Brothers” (2020) and “Human Fraternity” (2019), which was jointly published by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb, made the former possible to produce.

The inductive methodology of “Justice in the World” can be interpreted more abundantly according to the current situation we are facing in each country.

ALL Forum’s Online Courses 2020-2021

ALL Forum’s Online Courses 2020-2021 :

On CST’s and Theology

It’s been more than a year since the Corona virus began to spread across the world. People who never imagined it would last that long are getting tired and contributing to the increasing number of confirmed cases by being a little passive or sometimes violating the “Social Distancing” norms. Religious circles including Christianity in Asia had temporarily suspended various religious services including Mass and Sacraments in cooperation with the governments’ emergency measures. Then they resumed the services and meetings after the situation was a bit better but it depended totally on the Corona pandemic situation.

Since many people including scientists and medical experts ave predicted that the pandemic won’t have gone easy and rather last longer than a year with ups and downs in degree, ALL Forum had to decide to focus more on online courses on basic theology, spirituality, and CSTs including major documents of Vatican II and Papal documents, especially from Pope Francis.

ALL Forum has several online courses out of the subjects mentioned right above for the young ones from partner organizations and also for young people from other organizations and networks in connection with ALL Forum. The longer and deeper they learn from the online courses, the better they could relate/apply to their struggles in daily life in Asia. We aim to provide “basic” Church teachings combined with current and urgent problems in real life of people especially the poor in Asia, as not many lay organizations have a concern about the necessity of basic knowledge of the church and the CSTs, especially on Vatican II and Pope Francis, as well as relevant theologies and spirituality together with socio-economic and cultural realities for young ones in Asia. At this moment, there are two ongoing courses, which has been start from November 2020 and will be finish on January 2021, joining by 38 participants from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Once the Young begin to find that the theologies, CSTs, and spirituality can be related to their daily life interestingly and easily, then they would be excited to learn more. Such connectivity is important, but what we must not forget is the fact that the young are very much thirsty about faith “seeking understanding and feeling (of God)”. It might not be easy to make them realize that faith in God has both personal and social dimensions at the same time. Therefore, participants need to first feel deeply and strongly why believing in God makes them happy, joyful, and meaningful in their concrete lives.

Click this link for video sharing of some participants on the ongoing courses of ALL Forum: https://youtu.be/g8fGeFVI0cU