Registration for the Symposium on the Catholic Social Teachings and Human Rights on October 22, 2021 Friday (1:00 PM Phil. Time/ 7:00 AM Serbia Time)
The respect for life and dignity of the human person is a fundamental principle in Catholic Social Teachings (CST). It is grounded on the belief that human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. Catholic understanding of human rights stems from this principle together with the Church’s reflection of its own history and identity as a Church in the modern world. Catholics all over the world have committed to the work of promotion and defense of human rights work as a concrete expression of sharing the “joys and hopes,the griefs and the anxieties of the people, especially those who are poor and afflicted.” (Gaudium et Spes, 1965). In the Philippines, many Catholics--individually and collectively--inspired by Catholic Social Teachings are working tirelessly to uphold the human dignity of Filipinos trapped in an endless cycle of poverty and violence. Yet they also recognize the need for a reckoning of our colonial history, including the role of the Catholic Church, in order to break the cycle that tramples on human life and dignity.
Description of the symposium and the profile of the speakers:
The Symposium on Catholic Social Teachings and Human Rights brings together two scholars to critically examine issues and explore new questions related to Catholic social teachings, human rights, and Philippine postcolonial history. Prof. Dr. Miroljub Jevtić, Serbian politologist of religion and professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, will deliver a talk on “Human Rights and 500 Years of the Catholic Church in the Philippines,” while Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Dagmang, Filipino theologian and De La Salle University professor, will give a presentation on “The Exile of Traditions in a Make-Believe Christianity: 500 Years of Colonial Christianity in the Light of the Catholic Social Teachings.”
The Symposium on Catholic Social Teachings and Human Rights aims to engage participants in critically examining issues and explore new questions related to Catholic social teachings, human rights, and Philippine postcolonial history. The symposium is part of the webinar series organized by the Theology and Religious Education Department as a contribution to the Lasallian Commemoration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.
1:00-1:05 Opening Prayer
1:05-1:15 Welcome Remarks
1:15-1:20 Introduction to the 1st Speaker
1:20-2:00 "Human Rights and 500 Years of the Catholic Church in the Philippines" by Prof. Dr. Miroljub Jevtić
2:00-2:20 Open Forum (Moderator: Dr. Carolina Dionco)
2:20-2:25 Awarding of Certificate and Group Picture
2:25-2:35 Intermission Number
2:35-2:40 Introduction to the 2nd Speaker
2:40-3:20 "The Exile of Traditions in a Make-Believe Christianity: 500 Years of
Colonial Christianity in the Light of the Catholic Social Teachings" by Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Dagmang
3:20-3:40 Open Forum (Moderator: Dr. Carolina Dionco)
3:40-3:45 Awarding of Certificate and Group Picture
3:45-3:55 Closing Remarks
3:55-4:55 REAP General Assembly
4:55 Closing Prayer
This a free public symposium. Certificate of attendance will be given at the end of the lecture and upon the submission of the evaluation form.
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