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: CT2141C
Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2
Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology
Delivery Mode: Face to Face
Proposing College: Catholic Theological CollegeShow when this Unit is running
Explain the Christological foundations of the Sacrament of Orders and its grounding in the Scriptures, as this is understood in the Catholic tradition.
Give 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.
Outline the principal theological themes found in Vatican II’s Presbyterorum ordinis and Pope John Paul II’s Pastores dabo vobis.
Explain the scriptural foundations for the sacramentality of Christian covenantal marriage.
Describe the historical and theological development of the Church’s understanding of the institution of marriage.
Present in written form a theology of Christian marriage as an intimate communion of life and love marked by indissolubility, fidelity and fruitfulness.
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. Prerequisites: CT1100C and CT1110C. The foundational unit on Sacraments and Liturgy is highly recommended.
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.
1 hour written examination
500-word tutorial paper
500-word tutorial paper
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018
Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-12 11:12:01 +1000