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Catholic Social LearningEducating the Faith That Does Justice$
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Roger Bergman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233281

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233281.001.0001

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Ignatian Pedagogy and the Faith That Does Justice

Ignatian Pedagogy and the Faith That Does Justice

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Catholic Social Learning

Roger Bergman

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents the Pedagogical Circle as the appropriate and necessary extension of the insight about the importance of personal encounter. It traces the evolution of the pedagogical circle from the well-known Pastoral Circle of Holland and Henriot, through the “see-judge-act” methodology of Catholic Social Action, to the long-honed practices of Ignatian pedagogy, to the phronesis or practical reasoning of Aristotle. The philosophical and ecclesial pedigree of the Pedagogical Circle demonstrates that it need not be thought of as exclusively the property of Jesuit education but is equally at home in all Catholic educational enterprises. This chapter helps make the important point that the insights of Ignatian pedagogy do not belong to Jesuits and their collaborators alone, but rather to the entire Church, with deep roots in classical antiquity.

Keywords:   Pedagogical Circle, Pastoral Circle, Catholic Social Action, Ignatian pedagogy, phronesis

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