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Outline of the Course

I. Introduction to Moral Theology

(I-II,prol: restat ut consideremus de Eius imagine, idest de homine, secundum quod et ipse est suorum operum principium, quasi liberum arbitrium habens et suorum operum potestatem.)

• History of moral theology

• Object of moral theology

• Scientific nature of moral theology

• Aim of moral theology

II. Ultimate End — Beatitude

(I-II,1,prol: Ubi primo considerandum occurit de ultimo fine humanae vitae ultimus finis humanae vitae ponitur esse beatitudo.)

• Aspiration for Beatitude

• Natural Desire to See God

• The attainment of Beatitude

• The finality of being male or female

III. Divine Fecundity in Mature Human Acts

(I-II,6,prol: Oportet consequenter de humanis actibus considerare, ut sciamus quibus actibus perveniatur ad beatitudinem, vel impediatur beatitudinis via. ¼ primo quidem considerandum occurit de ipsis actibus humanis¼ propinquius se habent ad beatitudinem actus qui sunt proprie humani, quam actus qui sunt homini aliisque animalibus communes.)

• Nature of the will

• Will and natural inclinations

• Voluntary Acts:

• Free choice

• Psychological structure of human acts

• Liberty as a program of growth and creativity

• Liberty of excellence and liberty of indifference

• Liberty in the Holy Spirit

• Divine fecundity in human freedom

• Factors limiting the voluntary character of acts

• Moral Qualifications of acts

• Acts with double effects

• Liberty and obligation

IV. Emotions as a sensitive complement in human activity

(I-II,6,prol: [considerandum est] de actibus qui sunt homini aliisque animalibus communes, qui dicuntur animae passiones.)

• Integration of Emotions in mature acts

• Pathology of Emotions

V. Conscience

• Synderesis and conscience

• Conscience and truth

• Conscience, prudence and superego

VI. Supernatural Organism through which Divine Fecundity is Present in Human Creativity

(I-II,6,prol: secundo [considerandum occurit] de principiis [actibus humanis]. I-II,55,prol: Et quia habitus ¼ distinguuntur per bonum et malum primo dicendum est de habitibus bonis, qui sunt virtutes et alia eis adiuncta, scilicet dona, beatitudines et fructus.)

• Divine indwelling

• Habits — habitus

• Virtues

• Gifts of the Holy Spirit

• Experience of Grace

• Fruits and Beatitudes

VII. Vices and Sins

(I-II,55,prol: ¼ secundo [dicendum est] de habitibus malis, scilicet de vitiis et peccatis.)

• Vices

• Sins

VIII. External Divine Aid

(I-II,90,prol: Principium autem exterius movens ad bonum est Deus, qui et nos instruit per legem, et iuvat per gratiam.)

• Moral law as external instruction

• Eternal, natural, revealed, human law

• Law of the Gospel

• Sanctifying grace


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