Vol 23 No 1 2016

Invitation to Practical Theology

Claire E. Wolfteich, Ed.


A Catholic practical theology? Clearly, the work of practical theology has been traditionally associated with Protestant theology. What the essays in this volume reveal is that practical theology - in essence if not in name - has deep roots in, and profound resonance with, the Catholic tradition. Equally, the discipline of practical theology has much to assist Catholic theologians in the development of scholarship and method in relation to multiple areas of Church life and ministry such as Catholic education, pastoral care, liturgy, community and ethics. More than this, the volume shows how a Catholic practical theological imagination is essential for the effectiveness of the Church's mission. Although focused on the work of Catholic researchers, there is ample evidence of contribution to the broader, ecumenical academy with which it is in dialogue.