Licentiate Degree - Department of Moral Theology
Dean Fr. Dariusz Kowalczyk, SJ
Director Fr. Diego Alonso-Lasheras, SJ
Licentiate in Sacred Theology - Coordinator: Fr. René Micallef, SJ
Why study Moral Theology as a Second Cycle?
- Most professions today require specific university formation beyond a first cycle (or "undergraduate") programme. Doing 4 or 5 years of theological studies can help a person become more mature and competent, so as to serve the Church and society better, whatever their future job or placement.
- First cycle programmes normally focus on "Speculative Theology" (Systematic Theology, Scripture and the Sacraments), following the Church's priorities for ecclesiastical formation. Second cycle programmes provide a good opportunity to develop one's skills in "Practical Theology" (Moral Theology, Spirituality, Pastoral Theology), which is most immediately useful for all kinds of pastoral assignments.v
- Moral Theology at the Gregorian is Practical Theology at its best: an intellectually challenging exercise, rooted in a deeply spiritual understanding of human action, and pastorally rewarding.
The Three-Step Process
The licentiate programme is organized as a three-step process with introductory and review seminars.
*The content and methodology of TMS001 and TM2000 (part seminar, part lectured courses) are tailored to each particular group of students, to meet their needs. These seminars are held on a yearly basis.
A Well-Rounded Curriculum
The Moral Theology curriculum at the Pontifical Gregorian University is a two-year cycle organized along five axes. The central axis comprises the study of the sources of moral discernment: Scripture, Tradition, Contemporary Church Teaching, Dialogue with secular and other religious traditions, Conscience, and group analysis of Cases. The other axes include History of Moral Theology, Social Ethics, Personal Ethics, and Dialogue with Contemporary Culture.
Flexibility and Personalization
Studying Moral Theology in a full-fledged university allows many such mini-specializations "on the side", as well as the cultivation of particular interests. The Pontifical Gregorian University, with its six faculties and several centres and institutes, integrated within the "Gregorianum Consortium" (which includes the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute), is particularly equipped to allow you to personalize your studies, following the Jesuit pedagogical tradition's emphasis on the "cura personalis".
Students may choose up to five "common courses" offered by other Departments in the Faculty of Theology, and up to four "optional courses" from other Faculties, Institutes and Centres in the Gregorianum Consortium.
Below are a few examples of optional courses that our licentiate students were able to follow in recent years.
|Optional Course||Professor||Links Ethics with|
|A History of Globalisation||D'Ambrosio||History, Politics, Economics|
|Amartya Sen's Conception of Justice||Mella||Philosophy|
|Art and Evangelization||zu Dohna||Art, Missiology|
|Catholic Social Thought||Schermann||Social Sciences|
|Charisms within the Church and the Grace of Vocation||Witwer||Spirituality|
|Creation and Science||Haffner||Science, Philosophy|
|Cybertheology: Christianity and the Internet||Spadaro||Pastoral Theology|
|Ethics and Economics||Mariano||Economics|
|Family Ethics and the Female Condition||Palladino||Sociology|
|In Search of a Theology of the Environment||Haffner||Ecology, Fundamental Theology|
|Peace and War in the Biblical Tradition||Tonelli||Scripture, Politics|
|Phenomenology of the Moral Conscience||Gorczyca||Philosophy|
|Philosophy and Theology of Peace||Micallef||Politics, Philosophy|
|Political Ethics||D'Ambrosio||Political Science|
|Politics and Religion in Rousseau||Vila-Chã||Philosophy|
|Preparing for Canonical Marriage||Kowal||Canon Law|
|Sociology of the Family||Germano||Sociology|
|The Art of Narrating Violence in the Old Testament||Wénin||Scripture|
|The Capital Vices||Cucci||Philosophy|
|The Catholic Church and Modernity: Fear and Openness||Chappin||History, Missiology|
|The Ethics of Finance||Riccardi||Economics|
|The Ethics of Mass Media||Lah||Communications|
|The Hermeneutics of Justice and Secularization||Vila-Chã||Philosophy, Politics|
|The Wisdom of Ben Sira||Calduch||Scripture|
To complete the Licentiate in Sacred Theology, specializing in Moral Theology, the student is required to attend and pass the relevant exam / assessment of a minimum of 15 courses (including the "main" courses offered by the Department, those offered "in common" with other departments in the Faculty, and "optional" courses from other faculties, institutes and centres, respecting the ratios indicated in the Studies Programme of the Faculty of Theology). Furthermore, the student is required to attend and successfully complete 3 seminars (one per semester in the first three semesters) and the seminar-course TM2000. They must also submit a licentiate thesis and pass the final "synthesis" exam.
The "main" or "departmental" courses ("corsi propri") provide the groundwork knowledge that allows students to become acquainted with the main problems of contemporary Theological Ethics, providing an overarching, though not exhaustive, vision of moral theology.
The "common" courses touch on systematic and other theological issues that also have an impact on Moral thought.
"Optional" courses allow students to complete their training through the broad spectrum of courses offed by other Faculties, Institutes and Centres within the Gregorian Consortium.
Seminars are of two types: introductory (x 1) and thematic (x 2; they are each equivalent to 4 ECTS). The introductory seminar (TMS001) is mandatory for all first-year students and takes place in the first semester. A choice of thematic seminars will then be offered in the second semester of the first year and the first se-mester of the second year. The Director of the Department has the task of balancing out the number of participants in the seminars.
The Propaedeutic Course TM0000 (no ECTS granted) which is held during the first week of the first semester, introduces the student to the use of the library resource, to the research methodology and the academic standards of the department, and to the major themes in current Moral Theology, also providing an environment where students and teachers can get to know each other. Participation is mandatory. The time and the program will be posted in September on Moral Theology noticeboard (2nd floor).
The seminar-course TM2000, "Organic Overview of Moral Theology", is also compulsory for students of the second year of the specialization (or those approaching the final exam), and is designed to accompany students, as they write their licentiate theses and prepare their final exam, through a series of seminars wherein they engage in critical dialogue with their peers and with the professors of the Department. This seminar-course is automatically listed in the students' programme of studies, but one has to book a place in the seminar-course through the department; this is done when the student applies to take the final exam. Classes/encounters take place during the first semester of every academic year. The schedule and topics can be found at www.unigre.it> Unità accademiche> Facoltà di Teologia> Dip. Morale> Corso TM2000, or the noticeboard of the Department.
Those who did not attend the first cycle of Theology at the Gregorian may also choose the courses TP1022, TP1027, TP1032, TP1034, and TP1037 (which are counted as 3-ECTS courses), with the approval of the Director of the Department.