Systematic and Moral Theology
- Foundations of Theology: Man and the Church in the modern world;
God’s self- revelation; revelation in the Church; the necessity and
nature of theology.
- The Christian God: The Old Testament idea of God; God as creator;
evolution; Divine Providence; original sin; angels.
- Theological Anthropology: God’s salvific will; grace, justification;
merit; eschatology and protology; the coming of Christ; the resurrection
of the dead; the judgment of the world; particular judgment, heaven;
- Sacraments: The sacramentality of the Church; the seven sacraments:
their symbolism and institution.
- Ecclesiology: The Church of Christ and the Church of the Spirit;
an over-view of the history of ecclesiology; the structure of the Church;
images of the Church; the ecclesiology of Vatican II.
- Christology: The Jesus and the Christ; the reign of God; Jesus’
words, actions, death and resurrection; the person and nature of Jesus;
- Moral Theology I: Principles of morality; the meaning of moral
Theology; elements of Biblical morality; human action; the human person;
conscience; natural law; Christian and Catholic morality.
- Moral Theology II: Human sexuality, its meaning and morality;
sexuality outside of and within the married state; abortion; moral evaluation
and counseling on sexual matters.
Scripture, History and World Religion
- The New Testament: An introductory course which in general
will look at the N.T. canon and its history; interpretation, inspiration
and inerrancy; literary genres and criticisms (course, form, redaction);
in particular the individual books, their author, date and structure.
- The Old Testament: An introductory course on the canon of the
Old Testament and its history; literary genres and criticisms; the individual
books will be considered as to their structure, author and date.
- Church History: An overview of the Church’s participation in
history from apostolic times to the present; special emphasis will be
given to the Church’s role in the world of the twentieth century.
- World Religions: A historical and comparative view of several
religious traditions; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.
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- Moral Theology III:
The person as known by reason and by faith; the beginning of a life
and a person; organ transplantation; euthanasia; decisions about prolonging
life; determining death by brain criteria.
- Family Life Education I: Theological
issues in marriage and family life; physical aspects of sexual development
and function; moral difficulties with a view to pastoral practice and
application in Catholic Family Life Education programs.
- Pathways to Prayer: This course attempts
to provide participants with an integrated approach to prayer - cognitive,
effective and practical, by way of the spiritual tradition of Christianity
and facilitated by personal prayer experiences.
- Religious Psychology: The relation between
the psychological and theoretical development in individual lives; the
focus of the course will aim at the age groups of the elementary and
- Ecumenism: This course will examine the
history of ecumenism among the Christian Churches; the role played by
Vatican II in Christian Ecumenism; the present state of the dialogues
and multilateral discussions among the Christian Churches.
- Family Life Education II: This course
will address the multicultural reality of the families from around the
globe whom we encounter in the classroom or in pastoral ministry. The
course will explore the many structural forms of families in different
cultures and societies, how they function and why. The history of both
theology and theories with respect to the family will be traced, with
their implications both for family life education and for family-related
social issues. The objective is to clarify some of the factors influencing
how students and their family members receive, understand, interpret
and apply the principles of the Church’s vision of relationships as
transmitted in family life education and related forms of outreach.
- Social Justice: God entrusted creation
to man’s stewardship; the abundance in today’s world; the inequity in
the sharing of abundance; the Church’s firm stand on social justice;
charity is required with its many implications in every aspect of human
- Biblical Theology: The considerations in the course belong
to biblical exegesis which attempts to understand and explain the individual
declarations in the Old and New Testaments; New Testament theology must
have among its premises a reflection on the Old Testament; the God of
Israel is the Father of Jesus Christ; similarities between the Old Testament
and the New are looked at as well as the dissimilarities.
- History of Catholic Education in Ontario:
Huronia in the 17th century; Bishop Macdonell in the early 19th century;
the first Separate School acts before Confederation; the French-English
struggle for control of schools; the Tiny Township case all the way
to the Privy Council in 1927; the Catholic Taxpayers’ crusade for a
share of corporation taxes in the 30’s; the bombshell from the Hope
Commission in the 40’s; the push for secondary school completion from
the mid-60’s to the mid-80’s, Bill 30 in 1986 and the Supreme Court
judgment in 1987.
- History of the Roman Catholic Church of Canada:
A survey of the history of the R.C. Church in Canada, beginning with
the arrival of the first Western Europeans in French Canada and Newfoundland.
The course will dwell on the organization of the Church in New France
and the challenge posed by the Conquest and the developing of a pluralistic
society through the 19th century to the present day. It will treat a
variety of themes and persons including political and social concerns,
in the Maritime provinces and the West, French-English tension, the
development of a denominational school system, the relations of church
and state and expansion after the 2nd World War.
- Contextual Religious Education: A series
of practical exercises that allows for hands-on preparation of specific
religious teaching-learning events (e.g., biblical catechesis, values
catechesis, sacramental catechesis, education for justice and peace,
catechesis of ecumenical dialogue). The praxis follows after some clarification
of its theoretical underpinnings. Both theory and praxis rest on the
premise that creativity is not the sole property of textbook-makers
but is inherent in both teacher and learner.
- Mariology: The focus of this Marian Theology
course is the Scriptural Christocentric and Ecclesiotypical Mariology
emerging from Vatican II. This course will also study the contribution
of the Fathers of the Church, and the rich legacy of some Marian writers
prior to Vatican II, because an appreciation of the past is indispensable
for an understanding of Marian Theology today. Future directions in
Mariology will also be explored.