- To introduce students to the theological understanding of the Church as it emerges in scripture and as it unfolds in history.
- To demonstrate an ability to critically assess the functioning of the Church today with respect to its origins as found in the New Testament Communities.
- To present the ecclesial vision of Vatican II and the work of contemporary theologians.
- To introduce the students to the sacraments in their ecclesiological context.
- To understand the relations between symbol, sacrament and ritual and how this might help frame contemporary sacramental understanding.
- To explore and assess the impact and importance of Vatican II (and the major theologians of that time) in the development of Sacramental theology.
- The Origin of the Church
- Church and its relationship to the Kingdom
- Models of Church
- Magisterium, leadership and roles in the Church
- A developing ecclesiology
- The principles of Catholic sacramental theology
- Rite and ritual: a secular-belief/sociological assessment of the sacraments
- Contemporary Issues facing the sacraments today
- — Understand the mysterious nature, and our always developing understanding of the Church.
- — Recognise the relationship of the Church with the Kingdom of God.
- — Appreciate the Church as the universal sacrament.
- — Know the key principles of Catholic sacramental theology.
- — Recognise the importance of faith in a fruitful celebration of the sacraments
- — • Identify the issues relating to a more effective celebration of the sacraments in the context of the contemporary mission of the Church in Ireland.
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