Lecture Review – Kishare Jayabalan – Public Policy

Lecture Review – Kishare Jayabalan – Public Policy

This week I had a chance to hear from Kishare Jayabalan, the director of the ACTON Institute (http://www.acton.org/), he was a former member of the UN Security Council Member from the Vatican (Holy See).
His seminar covered many subjects about how the Catholic Church sees many areas of Humanities Science and their understanding of Philosophy in dealing with subjects of society today. 
His teachings subject were: 
  • Christian Anthropology
  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Issues of Justice
  • Issues of Poverty
  • Environmetalism and God’s creation
  • Church State and Society
What stood out to me was how much knowledge and understanding the Catholic Church has put into these subjects and the role of the Church in the society today and how the Catholic Church plays an important role in guiding and giving a moral compass to societies. 
As Kishare shared about the different Pope’encyclicals, I was able to see how much influence and understanding these documents from the Pope contain much of knowledge and understanding and how it’s important that that the Catholic Church takes a position before the different governments about some of these subjects. 
One of the subjects that called my attention was about population growth and the problem that most of european nations are facing today regarding population growth. The majority of European countries have a replacement rate bellow 2, meaning that the population of those countries are going to diminish to the extinct. 
Another subject that called my attention is about the Cardinal Virtues. group off 4 virtues that addresses some of the valuable caractersistics of human beings: 
Prudence – Wisdom – the capacity to make good wise decisions and appropriate actions 
Justice – fairness – use God’s given ability to judge and decide what is good and bad. 
Temperance – Restrain – self control, discretion and moderation regarding apparition. 
Courage – fortitude strength, endurance, the ability to confront fear. 
These virtues are derived from Plato’s  book Republic and adapted by Augustine of Hippo. 
Theological Virtues:
these three appear from the Letter of 1 Corinthians 13, written by Apostle Paul, in the New testament. 
Together they form the 7 virtues that are valued and make them a goal to be pursued and looked after. 
This week to me as a great eye opener to see how much the Catholic Tradition has thought about these subjects and how much understanding they have about the role of Christians in society. Coming from a Catholic Country as Brazil, i must confess that I did have some prejudice about catholicism as I don’t see my country being immersed in the cardinal virtues and I used to blame on catholicism. 
However, I should say that I was very surprised to see much of the same teachings and understandings that we’ve been seen in the School of Humanities and science in terms understanding and application of the Biblical teachings in the subjects of social/humanities sciences. 
I am willing to openmyself to the teachings and learn from them as we both seek to find a common ground to seek for God’s willl be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Tags: humanities and science, lecture review, Tumbl, acton Institute
November 20, 2016 at 04:05PM
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