Th 131: Marriage, Family Life and Human Sexuality

TH 131  MARRIAGE, FAMILY LIFE, AND HUMAN SEXUALITY IN A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE  (3 units)

Theology 131 envisions an approach and understanding of marriage, family life, and human sexuality from a specifically Catholic perspective, and within our Filipino context.

The course is introduced with a theological anthropology as the broader scheme within which human sexuality is situated and should be understood.  Building on an interdisciplinary understanding of the human person (philosophical, psychological, sociological), this part is enriched by the insight of contemporary theologians and seeks to provide junior students with a fuller view of man/woman in their identity, equality and complementarity as Filipinos.

The interdisciplinary approach is followed by a study of the sacramentality of marriage as a life commitment, and as a participation in the redemptive mission of Christ entrusted to and continued by the Church.

By including a discussion of specific moral questions related to marriage and sexuality in the light of Church Teaching, and the Philippine context, the course provides students with exercises in the process of critical moral reflection and discernment.

Finally, the ecclesial context of marriage is highlighted by a presentation of the laws of the Church governing marriage, more specifically the provisions on annulment.