Sexual Ethics and the Person

JPI 570/838

This course will study the personal character and meaning of the body as a foundation for sexual ethics. Starting with the specificity of the moral point of view, the course will develop the main lines of an ethics of sexuality in which the human person as a created whole, corpore et anima unus, is “the subject of his own moral acts” (Veritatis splendor, 48). As John Paul II said, we find in the body “the anticipatory signs, the expression and the promise of the gift of self, in conformity with the wise plan of the Creator” (ibid.). Particular issues will include the ethics of conjugal relations, contraception, homosexuality, and the use of condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS. (Fundamental Moral Theology: Freedom and Human Action is highly recommended as a background.)

Course Texts for Fall 2021

  • Course Compendium - available from Cognella.
  • Karol Wojtyła, Love and Responsibility. Translated by G. Ignatik. ISBN 0-8198-4558-2.
  • John Paul II, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. Translated by Michael Waldstein. ISBN 0-8198-7421-3.
  • _____. Familiaris Consortio. ISBN 0-8198-6449-8.
  • _____. Letter to Families.
  • Paul VI, Humanae Vitae. Translated by M.A. Calegari. (Ignatius Press, 2002). ISBN-13: 978-0898707281.
  • Pius XI, Casti Connubii. ISBN-10: 097829856X.
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Christian State of Life. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2002. ISBN 0898707889


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