The goal of the course is to understand key issues in sexual and family morality. Starting with the Bible and examining the tradition as it confronted issues in sexuality we arrive at the present teaching of the Church and examine their implications for issues in the pastoral care of the young and families in society today.
Introduction. Sexuality in the Bible. Early and Medieval Catholic Teaching on Sexuality. Catholic Sexual Teaching before Vatican II. Current challenges to Traditional Sexual Morality. The Catholic Church’s approach to sexuality today. Chastity and Sexual Ethics. Ethical issues in marriage and family life. Sexuality outside marital relationships (Personal Sexual Issues, Premarital Sexuality, Homosexuality, Sexual Perversions). Sexual fulfillment through renunciation – Celibate chastity. Learning Outcomes: • The course will guide the students to understand contemporary issues in sexual and family morality in the light of the Catholic vision of sexuality enabling them to arrive at a pastoral approach that is respectful of persons and in harmony with the teachings of the Catholic Magisterium.
MAGISTERIUM Congregation for Catholic Education. Educational Guidance in Human Love – Outlines for Sex Education. Boston: St. Paul’s Books and Media, 1983. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Persona Humana – Declaration on Certain Questions concerning Sexual Ethics. Vatican City: LEV, 1975. John Paul II. Familiaris Consortio - Apostolic Exhortation on the Role of the Christian Family in the modern world. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1981. _____. The Theology of the Body – Human Love in the Divine Plan. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1997. Paul VI. Humanae Vitae – Encyclical Letter on the Regulation of Birth. Boston: St. Paul’s Books and Media, 1968. Pontifical Council for the Family. Enchiridion on the Family: A Compendium of Church Teaching on Family and Life Issues from Vatican II to the Present. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 2004. _____. The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality - Guidelines for Education within the Family. Vatican City: LEV, 1995. Urbine William and William Seifert. On Life and Love: A Guide to Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Family. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1996. OTHER BOOKS Botero, Silvio. Etica coniugale – Per un rinnovamento della morale matrimoniale. Milan: San Paolo, 1994. Clark, Keith. Being Sexual and Celibate. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 1986. Coleman, Gerald. Human Sexuality: An All-Embracing Gift. New York: Alba House, 1992. Edayodil ,Xavier. Sexual Ethics for Today’s Youth – Based on the Anthropology of Pope John Paul II. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2008. Goergen, Donald. The Sexual Celibate. New York: Seabury Press, 1974. Keane, Philip. Sexual Morality: A Catholic Perspective. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan Ltd., 1980. Kelly, Kevin. New Directions in Sexual Ethics: Moral Theology and the Challenge to AIDS. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1998. Lawler, Ronald, Joseph Boyle and William May. Catholic Sexual Ethics – A Summary, Explanation and Defense. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 2011. McCarthy, Donald, Edward Bayer and John Leies. Edited by. Handbook on Critical Sexual Issues. Massachusetts: Pope John XXIII Center, 1989.