Nuestra Vida en Cristo: Introducción a la Teología Moral

This course is available upon request by partner dioceses. Prior completion of the course "El Camino de la Fe" is recommended. For more information, contact Esther Terry.


This course serves as a general introduction to Catholic moral theology. The five units of the course are based on Part III of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "Life in Christ." The goal of this course is to provide students with the basic tools they will need for personal study and community reflection on the Church's moral teachings. 

Toward that end, students will be introduced to the following aspects of Catholic morality: (1) the theological judgments that define the Christian approach to morality; (2) the moral implications of Christian anthropology; (3) the relational structure of Christian morality; (4) the key terms and concepts for moral reasoning in the Catholic tradition; and (5) the resources and challenges that characterize the Christian moral life. These five units follow the body of teaching called ‘fundamental moral theology’ as presented in Chapter 1, Part III of the Catechism of the Catholic Church


Unit 1: Morality and the Christian Moral Life
  • What is Morality?
  • Christian morality and moral theology
  • The goal and the purpose of moral theology - Jesus Christ
  • The sources of Catholic morality
Unit 2: The Human Being - Dignified Creature, Called to Happiness
  • The connection between anthropology and morality
  • The doctrine of creation and Catholic moral theology
  • The human being - privileged, dignified, and called  
Unit 3: The Christian Story of Morality - A Love Story
  • The three-fold fulfillment of human dignity
  • Vocation - Relationships of love and responding in love
  • Freedom and responsibility
Unit 4: Moral Acts and Moral Identity
  • The personal nature of Christian morality
  • The sources of human acts
  • The passions
  • Moral conscience
Unit 5: The Journey of Our Life in Christ
  • Growth in moral character
  • Moral virtue and the Christian life
  • The Christian account of sin

Required Texts

  • Catecismo Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos (USCCB, 2008)
  • Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica (available online)
  • Catholic Bible
  • Brief texts and links to online materials will accompany each unit to round out the experience of course participants

Course Requirements

  • Weekly reading of assigned texts and materials
  • Participation in class discussions in the forums (minimum of two comments, questions or responses each week)
  • Written assignment (between 150 and 200 words)
  • Weekly chat session (minimum 4 chats)

Time Required

  • 4 to 6 hours per week (this varies from student to student depending on learning style and available study time) 

Course Certificate

  • A Certificate of Completion awarding 30 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.

Meet the Developer

Miguel Romero, PhD


Dr. Miguel J. Romero is Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Studies at Salve Regina University. His teaching and research in moral theology focuses on Catholic Social Teaching, disability and mental illness, and the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. Recent work includes “The Call To Mercy: Veritatis Splendor and the Preferential Option for the Poor” (Nova et Vetera, 2013) and his forthcoming book Destiny of the Wounded Creature: St. Thomas Aquinas on Disability. His current book project is an extended theological reflection on Chicano heritage, U.S. Catholic identity, and Christian activism: My Brother’s Keeper: A Quasi-Thomistic Theology of Liberation.

Course development made possible through a generous grant by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.