This course explores foundational theoretical issues in moral theology applied to pastoral practice. The course includes lectures, discussions and seminars.
Seminars focus upon specific cases and require an additional hour attendance each week excepting week 1 and exam week. During discussions and seminars we will be less concerned with “hot button issues” than with coming to an understanding of how one makes ethical decisions personally and so as to better support and enable others in their ethical discernment and decision-making. We will pay attention to questions from a variety of contexts: medical, parochial, educational and social, for example. Students are encouraged to suggest concrete issues for discussion during the course.
To provide students with:
Background knowledge and critical thinking skills to appreciate more deeply the teaching of the Christian tradition in matters of ethical reflection and conduct.
The fundamental concepts and principles employed in contemporary post-Vatican II moral theology so that they are better able to explore the complexities of current ethical issues.
An overview of the scope of Roman Catholic moral theology, its contemporary scholarship, and some developments in its recent renewal.
An appreciation for the link between faith, spiritual life, morality and reason.
Approaches to the process of moral discernment to enable them to support and empower others in ethical decision-making.
The course will help students to:
Identify and analyze current ethical debates from the perspective of Christian moral theology;
Apply contemporary Roman Catholic moral theology to pastoral concerns;
Develop a systematic, faith-based approach to ethical reflection;
Develop capacity in the process of moral discernment and apply it to the pastoral setting.
A detailed course schedule is available for download.