General Objective: To help students understand key issues in sexual and family morality. To examine their implications for issues in the pastoral care of the young and families in society today.
Course Outline: A. Sexual ethics. 1. Introduction. 2. Sexuality in the Bible. 3. Early and medieval Catholic teaching on sexuality. 4. Catholic sexual teaching before Vatican II. 5. Contemporary challenges to traditional sexual morality. 6. The Catholic Church’s approach to sexuality today. 7. Chastity and sexual ethics. 8. Sexuality outside marital relationships. 9. Sexual fulfilment through renunciation: Celibate chastity. B. Family ethics. 1. The family today: Emerging models. 2. Promoting marital fidelity in family life: Challenges in society today. 3. Some significant magisterial interventions: Familiaris consortio, Amoris laetitia.
Bibliography: Congregation for Catholic Education. Educational Guidance in Human Love: Outlines for Sex Education, Boston: St. Paul’s Books and Media, 1983; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Persona humana: Declaration on Certain Questions concerning Sexual Ethics. Vatican City: Vatican Press, 1975; Francis. Amoris laetitia: Post- Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family. Vatican City: Vatican Press, 2016; John Paul II. Familiaris consortio: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1981; John Paul II. The Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1997; Paul VI. Humanae vitae: Encyclical Letter on the Regulation of Birth, Boston: St. Paul’s Books and Media, 1968; Pontifical Council for the Family. Enchiridion on the Family: A Compendium of Church Teaching on Family and Life Issues from Vatican II to the Present. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 2004; Pontifical Council for the Family. The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family. Vatican City: Vatican Press, 1995; Urbine, William, and William Seifert. On Life and Love: A Guide to Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Family. Mystic: Twenty-Third Publications, 1996. Botero, Silvio. Etica coniugale: Per un rinnovamento della morale matrimoniale. Milan: San Paolo, 1994; Clark, Keith. Being Sexual and Celibate. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 1986, Coleman, Gerald. Human Sexuality: An All- Embracing Gift. New York: Alba House, 1992; Edayodil, Xavier. Sexual Ethics for Today’s Youth: Based on the Anthropology of Pope John Paul II, Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2008; Goergen, Donald. The Sexual Celibate. New York: Seabury Press, 1974; Grabowski, John. Sex and Virtue: An Introduction to Sexual Ethics. Washington: CUA Press. 2003; Keane, Philip. Sexual Morality: A Catholic Perspective. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1980; Kelly, Kevin. New Directions in Sexual Ethics: Moral Theology and the Challenge to AIDS. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1998; Lawler, Ronald; Joseph Boyle, and William May. Catholic Sexual Ethics: A Summary, Explanation and Defense. 2nd Edition, Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 2011; McCarthy, Donald; Edward Bayer, and John Leies, eds. Handbook on Critical Sexual Issues. Revised Edition. Massachusetts: Pope John XXIII Center, 1989; Salzman, Todd, and Michael Lawler. Sexual Ethics: A Theological Introduction. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2012; Salzman, Todd, and Michael Lawler. The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2008; Scott, Kieran, and Harold Horell, eds. Human Sexuality in the Catholic Tradition. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to present the understanding of human sexuality that emerges from the Scripture and the tradition of the Church; to present the Catholic Church’s approach to sexuality today; to critically evaluate some sexual issues such as celibate friendships, premarital sex, same sex attraction, pornography etc. in the light of the Church’s teaching; to outline some of the contemporary challenges in family life today; to present some of the salient elements in recent papal magisterium on the family and apply them to pastoral situations.