Foundational Unit                                                                   (Min. No. 8)

1st semester Tuesday evening


Taking its direction from Scripture and Church Tradition, this unit explores the essential components for understanding and appreciating Moral Theology as a theological discipline, and its integration with Systematic Theology, Philosophy, Church History, Pastoral Ministry and Church Law. Particular emphasis is given to the principles and processes for making responsible moral choices as a Christian in the context of everyday life.



Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. outline the development of universal ethics, western moral philosophy and the Judeo-Christian moral tradition
  2. demonstrate understanding of the sources, tradition and principles of Catholic Moral Theology
  3. explain clearly the key moral concepts of conscience, conversion, discipleship, reconciliation, and other fundamental concepts of Catholic Moral Theology
  4. display an ability to apply Catholic moral principles to life situations
  5. discourse critically on issues of current ethical concern in society and appropriate Christian moral responses to these


Weekly reflection essays, 2000 words equivalent, (40%); 4000 word essay (60%)


Chan, Yiu Sing Lúcás. The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real Life. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield / Sheed and Ward, 2012.

Curran, Charles. The Development of Moral Theology: Five Strands. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013.

Darragh, Neil. ed. A Thinker’s Guide To Sin: Talking About Sin Today. New Zealand: Accent Publications, 2010.

Gascoigne, Robert. Freedom and Purpose: An Introduction to Christian Ethics. Sydney, NSW: E. J. Dwyer Press, 2005.

Harrington, Daniel and James Keenan. Jesus and Virtue Ethics: Building Bridges Between New Testament Studies and Moral Theology. Lanham, MD: Sheed & Ward, 2002.

Keenan, James. A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century: From Confessing Sins to Liberating Consciences. New York: Continuum, 2010.

MacNamara, Vincent. The Call To Be Human: Making Sense of Morality. Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2010.

Nichols, Alan. Street Called Choice: Ethical Choices for Ordinary People. Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2005.

Wadell, Paul. Happiness and the Christian Moral Life: An Introduction To Christian Ethics. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc, 2012.

Woods, Walter. Walking With Faith: New Perspectives on the Sources and Shaping of Catholic Moral Life. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002.