天主教思想传统是一个丰富而多面的故事。它是信仰和文化间的2000年的对话是试图阐明它意味着是一个与众不同的信仰团体早期的基督徒。传统的演变会包含在教育和学习的教会中心,从寺院学校神职人员大教堂(600-1000),然后到大学(1000-1300)的机构。总体传统点神学思想的一个巨大的资源库;哲思;宗教习俗;文学,视觉艺术,音乐,戏剧等作品;建筑风格;法律推理;政治和社会的理论;和其他形式的文化,有2000多年的基督教宗教体验的过程中出现在世界截然不同的部分表达。更重要的是,它是一个活生生的传统,从过去的财富即将给生活的未来。 

天主教思想传统是基于两个基本原则:第一,在生活的各个方面寻求真理延伸到对真理的终极搜索,认为动画的信心;第二,信仰是查询的催化剂,作为一种信仰寻求自身及其关系明白生活的每一个层面。

The Catholic tradition of inquiry includes:

  • A conviction that faith and reason are mutually illuminating, that they are united in the search for truth.
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  • A hopeful commitment to intellectual integration among disciplines, combined with an appreciation for the integrity and autonomy of individual academic disciplines.
  • A resistance to reductionism and an openness to analogical imagination—a disposition to see things in terms of “both/and” rather than “either/or.”

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  • An openness to the mystery inherent in an evolving, unfinished creation.
  • An awareness that confidence in reason must also be tempered by the recognition that sin can deform reason’s unbiased quest for truth.
  • A reverence for the dignity of each human being as one created in the image of God.  Hence, a commitment to justice, to the solidarity of the human family, and to the common good.

天主教思想传统照明的大学是一个地方共享的,变革性的,知识分子的生活,一个地方教会,总是让人刮目相看,有更多的学习,通过持续的学术知情,并在智慧发展了几百年在天主教传统渗透一所大学的核心价值观,课程,寻求真理。真正的天主教大学,那么,是教师,学者,学生和管理者分享在追求真理的知性之旅和交谈的社区。 (节选自天主教思想传统:波士顿学院,2010年)

Summary Statement on Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person: The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.