PG 656: Ethics and Spirituality

Module Level

9/10 MTh/PhD/STL Seminar Course

Time Allowance

Semester 2


Essay – 7,000 words = 75%

Module Aims

This module will explore the contemporary interest in moral theology in the inter-relationship of Ethics and Spirituality. Intended to correct the historical separation in the discipline of these two dimensions of the Christian life this will explore and evaluate expressions of the drive to goodness (virtue) and the draw to holiness (spirituality), their demands for Catholic identity in the context of the call of the Send Vatican Council to renew moral theology.

Indicative Syllabus:

This module will explore:

  • The historical separation of morality and spirituality
  • Refocussing the relationship between morality and spirituality post-Vatican II
  • Dovetailing the Moral/Theological Virtues
  • Spirituality: Personal, ecclesial and social dimensions
  • Gaudete et Exsultate - Rejoice and Be Glad, Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, On the Call to Holiness in Today's World (2018)


  • Neil Brown. Spirit of the World – The Moral Basis of Christian Spirituality. Catholic Institute of Sydney, 1990.
  • Charles E. Curran and Lisa A. Fullam, eds. Virtue (Readings in Moral Theology 16). New York: Paulist Press, 2011.
  • _________________________________. Ethics and Spirituality (Readings in Moral Theology 17). New York: Paulist Press, 2014.
  • Jack Finnegan. The Audacity of Spirit – The Meaning and Shaping of Spirituality Today. Dublin: Veritas, 2008.
  • Pope Francis. Gaudete et Exsultate – Rejoice and Be Glad, Apostolic Exhortation On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. Dublin: Veritas, 2018; Vatican website.
  • James F. Keenan. A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century. New York: Continuum, 2010.
  • Philip F. Sheldrake. Explorations in Spirituality – History, Theology, and Social Practice. New York: Paulist Press, 2010.
  • Tom Wright. Virtue Reborn. London: SPCK, 2010.


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