Department of Faculty of Theology

Moral Theology

HoD: Dr. Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI


Vision: This is envisioned to promote systematic and critical reflection on the perennial values of Christ’s Gospel that moulds and directs the history of humankind in the light of revelation and the day-to-day human experience.


  • To reflect scientifically on abiding Christian values in relation to the context of Indian society;
  • To train personnel for teaching who can meaningfully present the values of the Gospel to the contemporary mind;
  • To promote study and research regarding applicability of Christian moral principles in the socio-religious-cultural context today;
  • To help pastoral ministers and religious formators to integrate Christian moral values in the day-to-day life of their communities.

As a postgraduate programme, the emphasis will be on participatory study and personal research under the guidance of the faculty.  The course will consist of lectures, seminars, research papers, field-study and dissertation in the area of specialization. The students will be encouraged to have some teaching experience.

  • Principal Courses
  • Scripture, Tradition and the Teaching of the Church as the Source of Christian Ethics
  • Historical Evolution of Moral Theology as a Science
  • Life in Christ as the Focus of Christian Ethics
  • Conscience and Its Formation: Critical Issues
  • Natural Law: A Basis for Global Ethics
  • Morality of Human Act: New Insights
  • Freedom as the Context of Morality
  • Sin and Salvation
  • Christian Vision of Human Sexuality and Ethical Implications
  • Family Life and Ethical Challenges
  • Breakthroughs in Health Care Sciences and Christian Response
  • Concept of Sanctity of Life: Basis of Christian Bio-Medical Ethics
  • Social Justice: Evolution in the Church’s  Understanding
  • Justice of the Kingdom as the Foundation of Christian Ethics: A Critique of Traditional Understanding of Justice in Moral Theology
  • Topical Issues in Biomedical Ethics
  • To Love Otherwise: Biblical Thought and Ethics

Optional Courses

  • Ethical Decision Making: Different Approaches
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Ecclesial Character of Christian Ethics: An Oriental Perspective
  • Celebrative Ethics: Spirituality and Morality
  • Ethics in Post-modern Era
  • Ethics and Ecology
  • Ethics in Mass Media
  • Problem of Evil
  • Homosexuality: A Christian Response
  • Unity and Indissolubility of Marriage
  • Marriage and Canon Law
  • Reproductive Technologies: An Ethical Analysis
  • Ethics of Ecology
  • Medical Advancement and Quality of Life

Tutorials: The Tutorials may be selected from the following topics or from any other area in consultation with the professor concerned.

  • Covenant and Ten Commandments
  • Sermon on the Mount and Kingdom Morality
  • Trinitarian Dimensions of Christian Ethics
  • Scholastic Understanding of Moral Theology
  • War and Peace
  • Culture of Life vs. Culture of Death: A study on Abortion/ Euthanasia
  • Capital Punishment: A Moral Evaluation
  • Marriage: A Call to Holiness
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Ethics of Human Experimentation
  • Tribal Ethics
  • Influence of Liberation Theology in Moral Reflection

Field Study: Every student has to make a field study. The report has to be prepared and presented at the beginning of the third semester

PROGRAMME 2019-2020


Biblical Greek

Sebastian Mullooparambil


Sebastian Payyappilly


Geo Pallikunnel

Eastern Theology

Thomas Kollamparampil

Conscience and its formation

Vimala CMC

Historical Evolution of Moral Theology as a Science

Shaji George Kochuthara

Communication Ethics:

Prem Xalxo

Life in Christ as the Lietmotif of Christian Ethics

Paulachan Kochappilly

Seminar: Magisterial Teaching on Marriage
and Sexuality

Shaji George Kochuthara

Other Study Requirement:
Field Study Report presentation
Elective,  Latin, Greek (1 Year)


History of Theology

Shaji  George Kochuthara

Bio Medical ethics

William Ernoomoose

Migration from an Ethical Perspective

Joby Kunnath

Business Ethics

Josin George Kaithakulam

Christian Vision of Human Sexuality and Marriage     

Shaji  George Kochuthara

Tutorial, Thesis proposal (I year), Research paper (I year)
Thesis (II year), Tutorial (I year),

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