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Welcome! Use this guide to access the materials you will need to develop your research skills in the field of Catholic Theology. Move through the introductory materials to become a practiced researcher and then an advanced researcher. 

What is Moral Theology?

Moral Theology is the subdiscipline of Theology that works with matters of moral judgment.  Outside of Catholicism but within Christianity, this is often called Christian ethics. Moral Theology is a broad subject that addresses sin and grace, conscience, and development of virtue in a wide variety of contexts, and uses scripture and tradition as its prime resources.

Although there is overlap, most contemporary social concerns are addressed more directly in a branch of Moral Theology called Catholic Social Teaching.

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Depicted is the famous Sermon on the Mount of Jesus.  Painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter, d. 1890.