Departments

Department of Philosophy and Patrology (cz)
The research work of the particular lecturers is clearly reflected in the teaching of the department. The team has been assembled so as to be able to cover the widest possible area, and this in terms of a historical and a systematic perspective. From a historical perspective, the individual scholars specialize in the classical period, the patristic area, the Middle Ages, the Early Renaissance, the second scholastic period and analytical and phenomenological philosophy. From the systematic perspective, it develops in particular ethics: material ethics, metaethics and applied ethics. Attention is also paid to political philosophy, philosophical hermeneutics, metaphysics, epistomology and logic.
We place a special emphasis on classical Greek philosophy and high scholasticism in the teaching of the history of philosophy. The taught systematic oriented subjects include metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy and philosophical anthropology. Specialized seminars in recent years have been dedicated to selected themes of the metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas, the material value ethics of Dietrich von Hildebrand and Early Modern history of philosophical and theological disputations. The teaching of patrology is focused, first and foremost, on selected chapters of Latin patristics of the end of the fourth century.

Department of Biblical Studies (cz)
The Department of Biblical Studies is focused on the study of the Christian Bible, that is the Old and New Testaments, including all those questions which are related to their study. These consist not only of the study of the biblical languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) and other languages which are important for the interpretation of the biblical text, such as Latin or for example even Coptic, but also literature of a related character, such as the apocryphal gospels. There is finally a focus on the study of the presentation of the biblical text as exemplified in both old and modern translations of the Bible. The study of the history of interpretation of the biblical text is also related.

Department of Systematic Theology (cz)
We believe that nature and God‘s revelation come from one God the creator and that therefore cannot be a true conflict between them. Apart from providing standard instruction, we also also endeavour to create a dialogue with the natural sciences, and this on the level of both fundamental and dogmatic theology. We explore the historical twists and turns of this dialogue particularly at the turn of the twentieth century (the question of the evolutionary origin/the creation of man) and seek out questions to the current challenges which theology is faced from natural science. We also newly focus on current trends in ecclesiology, arising from the challenges of the Second Vatican Council so as to help the Catholic Church open up a dialogue with society, with other religions and in particular with other denominations and Christian communities. We closely cooperate in this area with universities in Rome.
In the area of moral theology, we are developing intense cooperation with bioethics in neighbouring countries. We cooperate on intensive pedagogical and research activities with partners in Austria and in additional countries of Central Europe: from organizing student and academic mobility, to summer schools and conferences up to cooperation on publications. We also view our mission as contributing to the declaration of the joyful message of the family (in accordance with the exhortation Amoris laetitia and additional papal documents).

Department of Church History and Church Law (cz)
Scholars from the Department of Church History and Church Law are focused primarily on classical and Medieval history of Christian art, the history of the councils and papacy, the nunciatures at the papal court in the early and late Modern periods as well as renowned persons in church history (for example, Cardinal Franz von Dietrichstein, Theodor Kohn and other individuals, first and foremost of the Bohemian and Moravian ecclesiastical provinces). The academic employees in the department cooperate closely with similar academic workplaces at Masaryk University in Brno and Palacký University in Olomouc.
In the area of interest in Church Law, there is a primary interest in presenting the relations between the state and the Church, including the issue of concordats. This also gives rise to a focus on secular family law and social-legal protection of children. In the area of canon law, we pay attention to questions of the management of the Church, synodality and collegiality or the contribution of lay people to the execution of leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. There is also a focus on the law of Eastern churches. We finally attempt to apply canon law to pastoral practice, in particular in procedular and marital law in the Roman Catholic Church and in the right to a consecrated life. Some of the members of the section are also members of the Church courts.

Department of Liturgy Theology (cz)
The Department of Liturgy Theology provides teaching and research in the area of Christian liturgy, general ritual expressions, liturgical music, sacral art and architecture. The Department currently provides teaching primarily for theology study subjects focused on the story, theology, history and cultural anchoring of Christian liturgy and liturgical song; for pedagogical subjects also the teaching of the cultural-anthropological foundations of celebrating mass. The research concerns the scholarly focuses of the members of the department and includes the area of sacramental celebrations, theological and architectural dimensions of the mass spaces, liturgical art, comparisons with other liturgical families, translations and creation of liturgical texts and the ecumenical dimension of Christian services.

Department of Christian Education (cz)
The Department of Christian Education provides instruction in catechism, pedagogical and psychological subjects in the bachelor degree study subjects of Theological Instruction and Social Pedagogy, in the master‘s degree study programme of Catholic Theology and in the connected master‘s degree programme of Teaching of Religion for Primary Schools, Theological Instruction and Social Pedagogy.
The basic areas of research are Social Pedagogy, Religious Pedagogy, Special Pedagogy and Psychology. Members of the department have prepared, apart from their own publishing activities, two shared monographs (Social Pedagogy in Theory and Practice and Social Pedagogy and its Methods). As of the year 2008, the department organises every other year an international conference Young People and Values. The academic members of the department are members of the association Paidagogos – Association for Philosophy, Theory and the Practice of Training and Education, which published the electronic journal Paidagogos -a journal for pedagogy in context. This journal is indexed in the databases ERIH Plus, DOAJ and Google Scholar. There is currently an effort to get it included in the database of EBSCO as well as its inclusion in the database of scholarly journals Scopus. Members of the department are active in various specialised societies and were also behind the establishment of the Association of Educators in Social Pedagogy.

Department of Pastoral and Spiritual Theology (cz)
The Department of Pastoral and Social Theology is concerned with reflections on pastoral practice in the context of the life of contemporary society and the spiritual themes which are connected with it. The Department is internally divided into three sections (Pastoral Theology, Spirituality and the Study of the Christian East). The Department is focused on teaching in all of the study subjects secured by CMTF. The doctoral programme provides a specialization in the area of pastoral and spiritual theology and the study of the Christian East. The Department is linked with the research centre IMEVD (Institute of Intercultural, Interreligious and Ecumenical Research and Dialogue).

Department of Christian Social Work (cz)
The mission of the Department of Social Work is to contribute to the strengthening and renewal of family and communities through quality teaching and research. We adhere to the basic ethical values of the profession of social work and the concept of a socially responsible university.
We are focused on social work with the family. We are unique in terms of the focus on international social work and humanitarian assistance. We develop research in both areas which reacts to the current issues of the practice. We support our students in volunteer activities and civic involvement. We initiated the establishment of the Volunteer Centre at UP. We organise the bachelor degree programme and the linked study programme of Social Work. We cooperate in our teaching with both domestic and foreign specialists in the areas of social and humanitarian work. We work at linking education with practice by developing the teaching strategy of service-learning. We have both been initiators and partners in international, national and regional projects focused on professionalization of social work, inclusive education and social innovation.

Research Centres and Institutes

Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts
The Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts is a research centre of our faculty. It is involved in the study of important works of European Christian culture with the aim to make them available to the Czech professional as well as the general public, and to prepare editions of as yet unpublished Latin manuscripts linked with the Czech lands. The Centre was formed as an interdisciplinary team made up of classical and medieval Latin philologists, philosophers, theologians and historians.

Institute for Intercultural, Interreligious and Ecumenical Research and Dialogue (IIMEVD) (cz)
IIMEVD Institute provides scientific research in following main areas:

  • A theological-philosophical understanding of dialogue;
  • The diversity of traditions and identities in the Christian East (East-West dialogue in Europe);
  • The cultures and traditions of the so-called Abrahamic religions (Judaism and Islam) and their influence on cultural and religious transformation in Europe;
  • A Czech contribution to the development of inter-religious and ecumenical dialogue;
  • Expressions of multiculturalism and inter-religiosity.

Olomouc University Social Health Institute (OUSHI)
The OUSHI is a science and research institute at the Palacky University in Olomouc which was established to provide general support for research and education in the area of social aspects of health. OUSHI focuses on research of social determinants of health, health psychology, epidemiology and public health.