Content

In the life of the Church these two sacraments are called “sacraments of service.” The unit will study the scriptural foundations of the Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders and their subsequent theologies as they emerged in the history of the Catholic Church. Attention will be given to the Scholastic period and the Reformation and the Catholic response formulated in the Council of Trent. A contemporary theology of the Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders will be developed through a study of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and the magisterium of recent popes. A particular focus of the unit will be the nature of the relationship between these sacraments and the life and vocation of the Catholic Church as a whole.

Unit Code: CT3141C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Explain and elaborate on the Christological foundations of the Sacrament of Orders and its grounding in the Scriptures, as this is understood in the Catholic tradition.

2.

Present and articulate an account of the historical and theological development of Church Orders from the earliest Christian communities to the principal issues related to Ordained Ministry which emerge at the time of the Reformation.

3.

Outline and respond creatively to the principal theological themes found in Vatican II’s Presbyterorum ordinis and Pope John Paul II’s Pastores dabo vobis.

4.

Explain and elaborate on the scriptural foundations for the sacramentality of Christian covenantal marriage.

5.

Describe and discuss the historical and theological development of the Church’s understanding of the institution of marriage.

6.

Present in written form a theology of Christian marriage as an intimate communion of life and love marked by indissolubility, fidelity, and fruitfulness.

7.

Sustain a theological argument by raising critical questions and taking a personal position which shows consistency and integrity in theological thinking.

Unit sequence

The unit is compulsory for ordinand students and recommended for other students completing a Bachelor of Theology degree. It provides a grounding in two of the seven Sacraments of the Church, complementing CT2121C/3121C and CT2131C/3131C. Two levels of Systematic Theology. The foundational unit on Sacraments and Liturgy is highly recommended.

Pedagogy

The teaching approach is designed to support student inquiry and engagement with lectures and course reading materials. Opportunities are provided for interactive modelling and the development of self-reflexive practice.

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

30.0
Tutorial Paper

500-word tutorial paper

10.0
Tutorial Paper

500-word tutorial paper

10.0
Essay

1500-word essay

25.0
Essay

1500 word essay

25.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-12 11:24:39 +1000