Sexual Ethics: Online Intensive Course

July 12, 2021 — July 16, 2021

This one-week intensive course will study St. John Paul II/Karol Wojtyła’s teachings on Catholic sexual ethics, by employing a novel approach: focusing on a positive account of the nature of the human person and conjugal/marital love structured as total, reciprocal gift of self. For the Pope, a proper understanding of the objective nature of conjugal love - considered in relation to marriage as a Christian state of life - illuminates the essence of the virtue of chastity. Drawing upon the Pope’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, students will gain a brief introduction to the foundational principles of Catholic moral theology: truth, freedom, conscience, virtue, law, and the moral act. Furthermore, special attention will be devoted to John Paul II’s distinct contributions such as the “personalistic norm” (from Love & Responsibility) and “the spousal meaning of the body” (from Theology of the Body). The primary goal is to help students think deeply these issues and be able to articulate the unifying thread: to act morally in the sexual sphere is simply to act with “responsibility” for the inviolable dignity of the human person and for the truth of love, a truth that does not enslave but liberates us.

The course meets Monday through Friday, July 12-16, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and 1:30-3:00 p.m.

The class fee is $150. To register, please submit the registration form (available on the right) to information@johnpaulii.edu. Payment can be submitted via check, cash, or credit card. To submit a credit card payment, please click here.

Registration for the course closes Thursday, July 8.

For more information, email: information@johnpaulii.edu

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