Narcisi, Lara & Leininger, Thomas
Regis College Senior Honors Program
Thesis - Open Access
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This thesis reflects my yearning to connect my faith to the modern world in a journey across disciplines and over continents to unpack the intersections of justice, faith, and Catholicism. As an English major, with minors in Business and Christian Leadership, I considered a wide array of subjects for the thesis. But this deepening investment in the Church's justice work, fostered in my Jesuit undergraduate experience, led me to ponder the ways Catholic social teaching might propose a topic critically important to a marginalized community and one I could research for months without disenchantment. Searching for a subject area, I remembered once hearing that the Catholic Church provides twenty-five percent of AIDS care worldwide, a statistic that proved accurate after minimal investigation. As my primary research ensued, I quickly discovered tension within the discourses of Catholic moral theology and social thought on HIV/AIDS, sparking questions about the nature of the Church's role in an issue rife with seemingly ubiquitous ethical controversy. The convergence of personal experience, academic probing, and the callings of faith lead me to search for the most compassionate and innovative Catholic response in a time of AIDS.
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Moran, Sarah, "Scrutinizing the Signs of Times: the Catholic Church, Moral theology, and the Hiv/Aids Crisis" (2009). Student Publications. 546.