Marriage, Family and Sexual Ethics

This unit explores the human, theological and ecclesial understandings of human sexuality, and their implications for personal relationships and Christian marriage. It includes an historical overview of Catholic teachings on marriage and human sexuality, theological perspectives, the ethical aspects of family life and responsible parenthood, friendship, celibacy and vocation to holiness. It investigates contemporary issues in sexual ethics, including homosexuality, ethical aspects of human development and sexual maturation, and the pastoral application of the Church’s teachings on sexuality.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Ethics

Credit Points



E7100 Sources and Principles of Christian Ethics or
E7200 Methods in Christian Ethics.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. outline a Christian anthropological understanding of human sexuality, marriage and the role of the family
  2. identify and critically articulate the ethical issues raised by the experience of human sexuality and interpersonal relationships;
  3. outline and apply the Catholic teaching on marriage, family, and divorce;
  4. discuss the implications of Catholic moral teachings for the ethics of interpersonal relationships;
  5. describe the pastoral implications of Catholic teaching on marriage, family, and divorce.
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