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TITLE Holy Orders: Theological and Canonical

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, including Ecumenism

DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit consists in the theological and the canonical presentation of the sacrament of Holy Orders – namely, the sacrament which imparts a special character and empowers those males called by God to share in Christ’s priestly ministry by teaching, shepherding and presiding at the liturgy as bishops, priests and deacons.

Learning Objectives:

1. To address various themes such as the uniqueness of ordained ministry in the Church, and its development; the pronouncements of the Magisterium on Holy Orders.
2. To grasp the centrality of self-oblation in Holy Orders, because those called to consecrate themselves through these sacred rites are to realise that their self-offering lies at the nucleus of their existence.
3. To be cognizant of the canonical norms dealing with Holy Orders.

Reading list

- Congregation for the Clergy, The Priest and the third Christian millennium. Teacher of the Word, Minister of the Sacraments and Leader of the Community, Vatican City 1999.
- Dulles, A., The Priestly Office. A Theological Reflection, New York – Mahwah 1997.
- Kasper, W., Leadership in the Church, New York 2003.
- Rahner, K., The Priesthood, New York 1973.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite study-unit - The Sacraments – Theological and Pastoral


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Hector Scerri
Kevin Schembri

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