Course Description

The goal of this class is to form our consciences according to Catholic teaching as we participate in political life. How do we live as Catholics in the public square? What are the principles that guide us and how do we apply them specifically? We need to have some answers to these questions as well as a plan for how to move forward today. Beginning with the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Liberty, through the most recent statements by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the class will look at a number of texts that point us in the right direction.

Hours of Instruction: 12

Fr. Oliver Vietor

Rev. Oliver Vietor has a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and a M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School. He was ordained in the Catholic Church under the terms of the Pastoral Provision for former Episcopal clergymen. He and his wife, Ashley, and their six children have lived in Phoenix since 2005 and began attending St. Thomas the Apostle in 2007. He taught in the Institute last year and has taught previously in his ministry and in high school.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Reflection Questions for Online Courses

    • Syllabus

    • Catholic Political Life Platform Quotes

    • Catholic Political Life links to texts

    • Moral Analysis and Cooperation

    • Doctrinal Note Excerpts

    • Catholic Political Life social teaching

    • Forming Consciences Detail 34-37

  • 2

    Session 1 - Catholic Political Life

    • Session 1 - Video

  • 3

    Session 2 - Catholic Political Life

    • Session 2 - Video

  • 4

    Session 3 - Catholic Political Life

    • Session 3 - Video

  • 5

    Session 4 - Catholic Political Life

    • Session 4 - Video

  • 6

    Session 5 - Catholic Political Life

    • Session 5 - Video

  • 7

    Session 6 - Catholic Political Life

    • Session 6 - Video