International Dominican University

Order of Preachers - Dominican Friars

Fundamental moral theology

Professor: Sr Catherine Joseph Droste OP

Credts: 3 ECTS

Distinctions need to be made regarding the subject of moral theology : first – as distinct from moral philosophy or ethics; second – as distinct from other theologica l studies.

Contents

Part I: Foundations of Moral Discourse

1.1. - Introduction

1.2. - Defining Moral Theology

1.3. - History of Moral Theology 1.3.1. - St. Thomas Aquinas 1.3.2. - The Nominalist Revolution 1.3.3. - The Manualists 1.3.4. - Vatican II and beyond

1.4 - The Dictatorship of Relativism 1.4.1. - Radical Moral Relativism 1.4.2. - Cultural Moral Relativism 1.4.3. - Individual Relativism

1.5. - The Sources of Morality 1.5.1. - Reason 1.5.2. - Revelation

Part II. The Human Person - Imago Dei

2.1. Of Ends 2.2. Man’s End

2.3. Attaining Beatitude

Part III: The Human Act

3.1. The Powers of the Soul

3.2. The Will

3.3. Freedom for Excellence and Freedom of Indifference

3.4. Freedom and Responsibility

3.5. Sources of the Moral Act 3.5.1. The Object 3.5.2. The Intention 3.5.3. The Circumstance

3.6. Analyzing the Moral Act

3.7. Principles of the Moral Act 3.7.1. Principle of Double Effect 3.7.2. Principle of Formal and Material Cooperation

Part IV: The Passions

4.1. The Passions in Themselves

4.2. The Concupiscible and Irascible Appetites

4.3. Passions in the Moral Life

Part V: The Virtues

5.1. The Integrated Life

5.2. The Theological Virtues

5.3. The Cardinal Virtues

5.4. Acquired and Infused Virtues

5.5. Gifts of the Holy Spirit

5.6. Beatitudes and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Part VI: Practical Reasoning

6.1. “A law unto themselves…” (Rm 2:14)

6.2. The Authority of Conscience

6.3. Formation of Conscience 6.3.1. The Doubtful Conscience 6.3.2. Other Issues of Formation of Conscience 6.3.3. Conscience and Prudence

Part VII: On Sin and Vice

7.1. The Problem of Evil

7.2. Of Evil and Sin

7.3. The Subject of Sin

7.4. The Cause of Sin

7.5. Types of Sin 7.5.1. Original Sin 7.5.2. Personal and Social Sin 7.5.3. Mortal and Venial Sin

Part VIII: Of Law and Grace

8.1. Introduction

8.2. Law in General

8.3. Eternal Law

8.4. Natural Law

8.5. Human Law

8.6. The Old Law and the New Law

8.7. Grace 8.7.1. Sanctifying Grace and Actual Grace 8.5.2. Effects of Grace 8.6. Conclusion