Elements of Moral Theology

Rev. Romanus Cessario

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In this course, the student will learn about the Church as Moral Teacher and about moral theology as a sacred science. Christ came so that we may know the truth about God and about the kind of life that leads to God. The Christian must learn to appreciate the value that revealed truth communicates to the world. In addition to imparting knowledge about God, divine revelation serves as an instrument of liberation from unsatisfactory accounts of human existence. Moral theology is the branch of theology that studies human acts so as to direct them to a loving vision of God seen as our true complete happiness and our final end. Since this vision is attained by means of grace, the virtues, and the Gifts, in the light of revelation and reason, in this course we will be covering these topics in particular.

Your Instructor: Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P. is a professor of Systematic Theology at St. John’s Seminary, Boston, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Fr. Cessario is the author of several books and many articles on moral theology, and he is General Editor of Catholic Moral Thought, a multi-volume series of textbooks, and co-editor with Father Joseph Koterski of Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology.

6 1-hour lectures

        1. Moral Theology: Why is it Teleological?
        2. The Image of God (Imago Dei)
            3. The Dynamics of Natural Law
                4. Human Action and Virtuous Prudence
                    5. Evaluation of a Moral Action
                        6. The Virtues, Gifts, and Charisms of the Christian Moral Life