General Objectives: To introduce students of theology to the foundations, concepts and methods of Catholic moral theology. To equip them to critically involve themselves in discussions of moral issues. To keep growing in their aspiration for truth and goodness in the light of the Gospel.
Course Outlines: 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 law and morality. The morality of human action. Moral decision making and pastoral-moral guidance.
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Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to recall and outline the history of the development of the discipline of moral theology; to describe the nature of moral theology and identify the sources of Catholic moral theology (scripture and tradition); to present a coherent understanding of sin and reconciliation; to explain the role of conscience and its formation; to present an understanding of the natural law that is relevant to moral action; to analyse human action and the essential conditions for evaluating moral action; to recognize and apply the process of pastoral decision-making and moral discernment.