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.
Historical-methodological introduction to moral theology. The human person and the nature of the moral action. Faith and morality-Christological foundation; specificity and newness of Christian ethics. Sources of moral inspiration - Scripture, Tradition, Natural Law, Sciences, and Experience. The role of cultures in ethical evaluation. Concepts of virtue, sin, and conscience. The role of the Magisterium of the Church in moral decision-making. Moral discernment and pastoral guidance. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the class the students are expected to: • Recall and outline the historical development of the discipline of moral theology • Describe the nature of moral theology and distinguish it from similar disciplines like philosophical ethic. • Identify and describe the sources of Catholic moral theology • Analyze human action and the essential conditions for evaluating moral action • Summarize the latest magisterial teaching on the foundations of Catholic moral theology • Explain the role of conscience and its formation. • Recognize and apply foundational principles and criteria for judgment used in moral discernment
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