RT 304: Catholic Moral Tradition

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what gets you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

Course Materials

  • Syllabus: Fall, 2010
  • Writing Guidelines: Dr. Leininger
  • Student Tutoring and Writing Center

  • Regis College Writing Center
  • Tutor Schedule fall, 2010
  • Lectures and PowerPoints

    1. Justice: Letter from a Birmingham Jail
    2. Justice: Jesus' Third Way
    3. What is Christian Ethics? (PowerPoint); OR (PDF)
    4. Character and Choices
    5. Community
    6. Conscience
    7. Stories and Morality
    8. Scripture and Ethics
    9. Virtue
    10. Affectivity
    11. Moral Norms (PDF) OR (PowerPoint)
    12. Jesus and Ethics (PDF) OR (PowerPoint) OR (Lecture Outline)
    13. Spohn on Christian Identity

    Supplementary Lectures and PowerPoint's

    1. Sin and Conversion (PDF) OR (PowerPoint)
    2. Lecture: What is Fundamental Moral Theology?
    3. A Theology of Integrity (PDF) OR (PowerPoint)
    4. Christian Discernment
    5. Ignatian Discernment by Kathy Schaefer (PowerPoint)

    Readings and Reading Questions

    1. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail
    2. Readings Questions for King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
    3. Reading Questions for Wink's "Jesus' Third Way"
    4. Lorraine Murray. "Loving the Lady in the Mirror," America
    5. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B. "Accepting the Embrace of God: The Ancient Process of Lectio Divina."
    6. The Order of Saint Benedict. Links to reading material suitable for Lectio Divina

    Student Work

    1. The Dilemma of Gibson Boats



    1. PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (news stories about religion and ethics
    2. Embryonic Stem Cell Research in the Perspective of Orthodox Christianity

    Speaker Series

    1. Catholicism and the Modern World Speaker Series 2010-2011

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