PG 524 Reading Margaret Farley

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Module Level

Level 9 MTh/STL/PhD


5000 word essay

Module Aims

This module provides a critical appraisal of the work of American moral theologian Margaret Farley. Her theological writings cover a wide range of ethical issues, including HIV/AIDS, political ethics, feminism, sexuality, moral discernment, ecclesiology and bioethics. Students will critique Farley’s writings and use her work as a starting-point for a broader theological discussion on each of the chosen topics.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Theology in a time of AIDS
  • Sexuality and Justice
  • Moral Discourse in the Public Forum
  • Feminism – anything left to say?
  • Sermons on the Themes of Holy Week
  • Ethics and Ecclesiology
  • Experience and moral discernment


  • Margaret A. Farley, Changing The Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics, (New York: Orbis, 2015).
  • Margaret A. Farley, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, (New York: Continuum, 2006).
  • Mary Jo Iozzio (ed.), Calling for Justice Throughout the World: Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, (New York: Continuum, 2008).
  • Maura A. Ryan (ed.), Just and True Love: Essays in Honor of Margaret Farley, (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008).