The course aims to introduce students of Theology to the foundations, concepts and methods of Catholic moral Theology so as to equip them to critically involve themselves in discussions of moral issues and to keep growing in their aspiration for truth and goodness in the warm light of the gospel.
Course Outline: The Nature of Moral Theology and the Task of the Moralist. The Context of Contemporary Moral Theology. The Bible and Christian Ethics – Jesus and Discipleship. Faith and Morality. The Human Person: Freedom and Knowledge. Sin and Reconciliation. Conscience and its Formation. The Church and Moral Life. The Law and Morality. The Morality of Human Action. Contemporary Moral Theories. Moral Decision Making and Pastoral-Moral Guidance. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the Class the students are expected to: - Recall and outline the history of the development of the discipline of moral Theology. - Describe the nature of moral Theology and identify the sources of Catholic moral Theology (scripture and tradition). - Present a coherent understanding of sin and reconciliation. - Explain the role of conscience and its formation. - Analyse human action and the essential conditions for evaluating moral action. - Summarize the latest magisterial teaching on the foundations of catholic moral Theology. - Recognize and apply foundational principles and criteria for judgment used in moral discernment.
BIRCH B.-RASMUSSEN L., Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life (Minneapolis, Augsburg Publishing House 1976); Catechism of the Catholic Church (Vatican City, LEV 1994); CESSARIO R., Introduction to Moral Theology (Washington, The Catholic University of America Press 2001); CONNORS R.-MCCORMICK P., Character, Choices & Community: The Three Faces of Christian Ethics (New York/Mahwah, Paulist Press 1998); DI NOIA J.A.-CESSARIO R. (Ed.), Veritatis Splendor and the Renewal of Moral Theology (Chicago, Midwest Theological Forum 1999); GALLAGHER J., Time Past, Time Future: A Historical Study of Catholic Moral Theology (Mahwah, Paulist Press 1990); GRISEZ G., The Way of the Lord Jesus, 3 Volumes (Chicago, Franciscan Herald Press 1983); GULA R., Reason Informed by Faith: Foundations of Catholic Morality (New York/Mahwah, Paulist Press 1989); HAMEL R.-Himes K. (Eds.), Introduction to Christian Ethics: A Reader (Mahwah, Paulist Press 1989); HÄRING B., Free and Faithful in Christ, 3 Volumes (New York, Seabury Press 1978, 1979, 1981); HÄRING B., The Law of Christ, 3 Volumes (Westminster, Md., Newman 1961-1966); HAUERWAS S., Character and the Christian Life: A Study in Theological Ethics (San Antonio-Texas, Trinity University Press 1975); JOHN PAUL II, Veritatis splendor: Encyclical Letter Regarding Certain Fundamental Questions of the Church’s Moral Teaching (Vatican City, LEV 1993); KENNEDY T., Doers of the Word, Vol. I (Middlegreen, St. Pauls 1996); LOBO G., Christian Living according to Vatican II: Moral Theology Today (Bangalore, Theological Publications of India 1999); MAGUIRE D., The Moral Choice (New York, Doubleday 1978); MAHONEY J., The Making of Moral Theology (Oxford, Clarendon Press 1986); MAY W., An Introduction to Moral Theology (Huntington, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division 22003); O’CONNELL T., Principles for a Catholic Morality (New York, Harper Collins Publishers 1990); PAZHAYAMPALLIL T., Pastoral Guide, Vol I (Bangalore, Kristu Jyoti Publications 42004); PESCHKE K., Christian Ethics: Moral Theology in the Light of Vatican II, Vol I (Bangalore, Theological Publications in India 1999); PINCKAERS S., The Sources of Christian Ethics (Washington, The Catholic University of America Press 1995); PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL COMMISSION, The Bible and Morality: Biblical Roots of Christian Conduct (Vatican, LEV 2010); PORTER J., Natural & Divine Law: Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics (Grand Rapids, William B. Eerdmans 1999); RATZINGER J.-SCHÜRMANN H.-VON BALTHASAR H.U., Principles of Christian Morality (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 1986); SHELTON C., Morality of the Heart: A Psychology for the Christian Moral Life (New York, Crossroad 1990); STEVENS E., The Morals Game (New York, Paulist Press 1974); WADELL P., The Primacy of Love: An Introduction to the Ethics of Thomas Aquinas (Mahwah, Paulist Press 1992).