Theology Resources-



  Vatican Web Site Diocese of Des Moines WebPage Catholic Answers  
  Catholic Education Forum
  Pope John Paul II Statement on the Computer Culture Daily Minute Meditations The Catholic Mobile(a wide assortment of topics) Various Catholic Periodicals
  More Catholic Periodicals Still More Catholic Periodicals and etc EWTN Searchable Library> National Catholic Education Association











Catholic Faith is the first course taken by Dowling students.It covers the basic beliefs and practices of Catholocism. No prior knowledge is assumed of students in the course so that both Catholic and non-Catholic students are on even footing. Topics of study include such things as the Sacraments, Eucharist, Prayer, Mary and the Saints, Morality, Church, Social Justice, etc.


Scripture Studies is a year long course taken by Sophmores. They will study the Scriptures in the context of biblical interpretation and literay form. Students will also learn how the Catholic Church's interpretation of the Bible differs from that of other denominations.


In this course students will study the area of right vs. wrong and what makes an action right or wrong. Some of the topics that will be covered are sin, evil, abortion, law and conscience, the Jesus Principle, Respect for persons, etc.



This course covers the development of the Church from the time just after Jesus' death to the present. Some of the topics are Church councils (throughout history), Church Fathers, Reformation, Counter Reformation, Development of Church doctrine (throughout the history of the Church),and selected important people and events in the Church's history.


This course surveys the major religions of the world; including Hinduism, Buddism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Zoroastrinaism, Judaism,, Islam, and Christianity. A guest speaker from most of the religions will visit the class. .


This course strives to help students begin planning for their futures. It explores the lifestyle options open to them as well as some of the issues they will have to face as adults. The topics of marriage and family are considered in depth.


This course will expose the students to the important issues of the day. Some of the topics covered are poverty, capital punishment, euthanasia, racism, sexism, sexual harrasment, medical ethics, abortion, etc. Both sides of most of the issues are discussed with special emphasis being placed on the teaching of the Catholic Church, BACK TO BEGINNING







CHURCH HISTORY Mideval Source Book: Documentary Sources in Catholic Teaching

Documents Of The Roman Catholic Church

St. Augustine

The Crusades

Society for the Study of the Crusades

Heresy and the Inquisition

Heresies of the Spanish Inquisition


The Christian Catacombs of Rome

Web Sites for Church History

The history of water Baptism




Virtual Jerusalem

Torah Net

RELIGIOUS ISSUES Catechism of the Catholic Church

"Media Myths About Welfare"

"The Effect of Welfare Time Limits"

"How to break the cycle of racism

"Racism and Unemployment"

Theory and Dynamics of Racism and Oppression"

Ethics Updates

Catholic Resources for Medical Ethics

Race and Education

Affirmative action and EducationRacism and Poverty

Firstthings (Online magazine of current issues)

Afro-Americans Topics of Concern (includes links dealing with ebonics)

Editorial on ebonics





Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, slendor of Heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of God.

Immaculate virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh star of the sea, help and show me, herin you are my mother.

Oh Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth ! I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. Oh show me herein you are my mother. Oh Mary, conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to you(3x). Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (3x). Holy Spirit you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goal. You who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me, and that in all instances in my life you are with me, I want in this short prayer to thank you for all things as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you in eternal glory.

Thank you for your mercy toward me and mine.

The person must say this prayer for three consecutive days. After three days the request will be granted. This prayer must be published after the favor is granted.


May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, Loved, and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude helper of the helpless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day, and by the eighth day your prayers will be answered. Publication must be promised.

THANK You St. Jude





    Social Justice/ Hunger

    For this assignment you will be searching some websites associated with the topic.

    click on the following link:

  • CATHOLIC MOBILE and go to the link "Hunger", then under this link go to "Hunger in America" and answer the following questions:

    How many people die of hunger related deseases each day ?

    How many elderly people experience "food insecurity" in this country each month ?

    How many children are hungry or on the edge of hunger in this country ?

    Go to the "Skip a meal program" link (also on the "Hunger" page)and briefly explain this program. Do you think this is a good idea ? WHY ?

    Go to the "Justice and Peace " link - then to the 'charity and justice link' - Using examples, explain the difference between charity and justice.

    Give the URL (internet address) of a social justice link other than those on this page. Give a brief discription of the information contained on this page. (The Catholic Mobile)

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    For this project you will use the following link

  • Catholic Mobile.

    You will be working in the section titled "Justice And Peace". In this section, go to the link titled "Catholic Social Teachings" then to the section titled "Principles of Catholic Social Teaching" - Here, choose three of the principles and summarize them in your OWN words. Next Go Back to the "Justice and Peace section and click on '"poverty" - here go to the section "50 facts about poverty" and choose three - list the information for these and explain how they relate to the Principles of Catholic Social teaching.

    Again on the "Peace and Justice" section - click on "Catholic Social Teaching" and under the section on the Catholic Catechism summarize the information in the following sections: 2434,2420,2423,2424

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    Religious Issues: Euthanasia

    For this project, you will be researching the topic of euthanasia. For the first part of the essay you may research any aspect of euthansia ( i.e., euthanasia in general, euthanasia in other countries, assisted suicide, withdrawl of treatment, etc). You should explain the topic using general information about the topic as well as facts, statistics, etc. For the second part of the essay you will research the Catholic Church's teaching on this topic and explain it along with your own critique of it ( be specific). You are to include a bibliography (at least two sources) and documentstion of any direct information you take from your sources. The essay should be about 2 typed pages and is to be done individually.

    Some useful links: (you may also use sources other than the internet)

  • Catholic Mobile : Euthanasia (includes information on the Church's teachings)
  • The Euthanasia Debate
  • Euthanasia Web Site

    Points for the essay: 12 for essay, 4 for complete bibliography, 4 for documentation of sources


    MEDICAL ETHICS ESSAYFor this project you will be choosing from the list of topics below and researching your topic of choice. Your essay should be an informative one giving general information, facts, statistics, etc concerning the topic. You should also include the Church's teaching on the issue as well as your own feelings. The essay should be about two typed pages. Include a bibliography (2 sources) and document your sources. The links below should help you get started. This is an individual assignment or you may work with ONE other person.

  • Surrogate Mothers
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Artificial Contraception
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Eugenics

    There are some other useful links above on this page under "Religious Issues" (Course Resources)

    Points for essay: 12 for essay, 4 for complete bibliography, 4 for documentation of sources


    Religious Issues: Racism/Race Relations

    For this project you will choose from a list of topics (below) and you will research the topic/question that you have chosen. Your essay should include SPECIFIC INFORMATION about the topic/question you have chosen. You are to use at least two sources from the below links and others on this site(give the bibliographical information). The essay should be about 1-2 pages typed. You can choose from the following topics:

    (1) Should racial quotas be used in college admissions ?

    (2) Is racism a serious problem in the USA ?

    (3) Is affirmative action a useful program ?

    (4) Should ebonics be taught in school ?

    The following links may be helpful ETHICS UPDATES Other links can be found under

  • COURSE RESOURCES Go to Religious Issues

    This is an INDIVIDUAL assignment - Any evidence of working together will result in a failing grade for all involved



    You will choose one of the following cases to write about. Using the provided links you will create an argument as to what you think should be done with the subject of the case; assuming that each person has been found guilty

    A: The subject is a seventeen year old black male from a poor family. He can't afford a lawyer and has been provided with a court appointed attorney who is also handling 8 other cases. Situation: A knife thought to be the murder weapon was found with the finger prints of the suspect on it. The victim was an elderly woman who had been stabbed 12 times and robbed of her social security check. The supect said he found the knife when he checked to see if she was still alive. There were no eye witnesses. He was convicted. Was this right ? What should be done now that he has been convicted.

    B: The subject was driving while intoxicated (blood alchohol level was 3 times that needed to be considered drunk) While driving east on the interstate he crossed the median into the west bound lanes. He then struck a school bus full of children. All 28 people aboard were killed. The drunk driver suffered minor injuries. His lawyer contends that the damage would have been less severe if the children had been in seat belts and that the bus would not have burst into flames if it had not been on the interstate traveling at a higher rate of speed than school busses are intended for. He does not believe that his client should be held totally liable. What should be done ?

    C: A 28 year old white female has been found guilty of drowning her 3 children. Her lawyer states that she was under a great deal of stress as her husband had just left her and two of the children were menatally disabled while the other was physically disabled. She just could not handle it anymore. She will plead not gulity by reason of temporary insanity. If accepted this plea would mean she would never go to jail. What should be done ?

    E: The subject is a 27 year old white male. he has admitted killing 12 female college students - all by strangulation. He says he does not care what happens to him including being sentaced to death and he says he is not sorry for what he haas done. This person has an IQ of 73 (borderline mentally retarded) and was abused by his father until he left home at the age of 15. How responsible is this person ? What should be done ? Is the death penalty an option here ?

    F: The subject is a 38 year old psyhchologist. He admits to killing his wife but says that he did so because she was the anti christ and society had to be protected from her. He is diagnosed with a serious mental illness. His lawyer says he should be found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity. In this case he could eventually be set free. What should be done ad why ?

    For this asignment you will use the following resources to back up your argument. --><

  • Catholic teachings and writings on the Death Penalty
  • Criminology Homepage
  • Religious views of Capital punishment
  • Capital Punishment Statistics
  • Death Penalty Assortment
  • Race and Capital Punishment
  • Juvenile Crime
  • Fact Sheet on Juvenile Crime
  • Death Penalty Quiz
  • Cost of the Death Penalty
  • Race and Capital Punishment
  • Deterrence and Capital Punishment
  • Wrongful Murder Convictions
  • Death Penalty and IQ, Women, and juveniles

    In addition to the above resources each pair will locate at least one other internet source related to the topic. Here you will also need to evaluate the source as to its credibility (who wrote it, its origin, etc).

    You may work alone or with one other person in the class on this project. Each pair or individual will turn in a 1 page typed essay on how you would handle the case and WHY. You should use specific information to backup your argument. You should use ethical, religious, sociological, arguments etc. You should also use both general arguments dealing with capital punishment as well as those more specific to the case you have chosen. Be sure to list your sources. -->

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