The Ethics course provides a foundation in Roman Catholic moral theology and moral decision-making. During the first quarter of the semester, students study values: Jesus’ concept of love; The Sermon on the Mount; Sin; Law and Conscience. The second quarter is devoted to the study and discussion of moral issues, including drug and alcohol use, non-marital sex, euthanasia, homosexuality, capital punishment and abortion.
“No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No one is saved alone,” wrote Pope Benedict XVI, whose words resonate with today’s world, particularly because the prevalence of social media allows us to better see how our lives are interwoven with those around us. This course on Social Justice builds on those connections by helping young people find their place in the community of the faithful as they advocate for charity and justice in the world. Organized around the seven principles of Catholic social teaching, this course helps students gain a greater understanding of the roots of social teaching in the Church, its context in the Bible and Catechism and real-life examples of charity and justice in action. The seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching will be explored through prayer, reflection, research and advocacy.
The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching are as follows: