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. Main Topics: 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.
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