PG 714 Sensus Fidei, Discernment and Synodality: Implications for Moral Method and Content.

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Module Level

9/10 MTh/STL/PhD

Time Allowance

Second semester. 10 seminars [two hours each]. Date TBC.

Module Aims

In recent years there has been significant emphasis in the Magisterium and the works of theologians on the Sensus Fidei, Synodality and Discernment. This seminar will explore the implications of this development for Moral Method, Content and Conscientious Decision making.

Indicative Syllabus

---- Explore recent theological reflection on the roots, scope and limits of the sensus fidei.

----- Synodality as a way of being and acting in the Church.

---- The role of moral discernment in the life of the faith community and its relationship to conscience.


  • Bradford E. Hinze & Peter C. Phan, Learning from all the Faithful: A Contemporary Theology of the Sensus Fidei, Pickwick, 2016.
  • James Keenan [ed], Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Continuum, 2007. Part 111, Section 11, Sensus Fidelium and Moral Discernment, pp 185-209.
  • Charles E Curran & Lisa Fullam, The Sensus Fidelium and Moral Theology, [Readings in Moral Theology No: 18], Paulist Press, 2017
  • Richard R. Gaillardetz, By What Authority?, Liturgical Press, 2003.
  • Pontifical Biblical Commission, The Bible and Morality: Biblical Roots of Christian Conduct, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2008. Part Two {Discernment}, pp 208-221.
  • International Theological Commission, Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church, 2014.
  • -------------------------------------------------, Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church, 2018