The basic course in Theology coincides with the three and a half years of the first cycle of the Faculty. Basic Course students are exempted from Seminar II. However, they are to have some knowledge of the biblical languages. They have to write also a dissertation on a theological theme consisting of between 6000 and 7000 words directed by one of the teachers of the Faculty and submit it during the sixth semester. In order to secure a pass in the basic course a student should obtain 40% marks in individual subjects and 40% mark in final comprehensive examinations. Diploma students who successfully complete the prescribed course in Theology may receive Diploma in Theology.
The course consists of the following points: Definition of terms:
inspiration and hermeneutics, Bible as the Word of God in
human language, the truthfulness of the Bible as a result of the
inspiration; canon of the Bible and the main criteria in establishing
the canon; methods and approaches to biblical interpretation and
Bible in the life of the Church.
Thadathil L./Prasad J.
BT 2. Pentateuch (3)
This course is a detailed introduction to the first five books of
the Bible. After discussing briefly the Pentateuchal problem and
the present position of the pentateuchal scholarship, the primeval
history (Gen. Chs. 1-11), the Abraham stories (Gen. Chs. 12-25),
the story of Isaac (Gen. Ch.26), the Jacob stories (Gen. Chs. 27-
36) and the Joseph stories (Gen. Chs. 37-50) are analyzed. Further,
the exodus event, the ten plagues, the Sinai covenant, the legal
corporal of the O.T. such as the Decalogue (Ex. 20:2-17; Deut.
5:6-21), the code of the covenent (Ex.20:22-23:19), the ritual
Decalogue (Ex.34:14-26), the Deutronomic code (Deut.chs. 12-
26) holiness code (Lev. Chs. 17-26), the apodictic and casuistic
laws of the O.T. are given detailed consideration.
Chanikuzhy J. /Thondiparambil J.
The course on Prophets has two parts. Prophets I is a general
introduction to the prophetical writings. The origin of the
phenomenon of prophecy in Israel. The characteristics of
Nabiim. The formation of prophetical books and the leading
literary categories. The various divisions and classifications of the
prophetical books. Elijah, the prophet of Yahweh. The study of
the pre-exile prophets, Amos, Hosea and Micha.
Thadathil L./Mathirappilly S.
BT 4. Prophets II (3)
Prophets II studies Proto, Duetro and Trioto Isaiah; Jeremiah
and Ezechiel. It will also have a general study of the remaining
prophets. The course includes the study of Jesus the prophet.
The prophetical mission of the Church and the prophetical
dimensions of priestly and religious lives also are dealt with.
Thadathil L. /Mathirappilly S.
This course offers a basic introduction to the book of psalms
and Hebrew poetry. A few individual psalms shall also be analysed
and studied from literary and canonical perspectives. In addition,
the students shall be introduced to the main theological emphases
of the book of psalms as well as to the canonical meaning and
significance of the book.
The course aims at acquiring an overall grasp of the background,
development, the literary types and message of the sapiential
literature of the Old Testament. The course has two parts. The
first part is a general introduction to the Wisdom literature. In the
second part selected texts from the Wisdom Literature will be
Nalpathilchira J./Thondiparambil J.
BT 7. New Testament Background (2)
Just as any other literary piece, the Biblical text too is a product
of its times. In addition to the dominant and decisive influence
of the Judaic world, the Greco-Roman world has inserted its
influence on the NT writings. After a short discussion of the
geographical and historical settings of the NT, special attention
will be paid to the Socio-cultural, linguistic, philosophical and
religious background, in which the NT writings had their origin.
The situation of the primitive Christian community whom the
books were primarily intended also come into our purview.
Achandy J./Puthenpurackal C.
The study of any one of the first three Gospels has to address
the problem of the overwhelming similarity and dissimilarity
with other two. A detailed discussion of this and other related
problems as well as an evaluation of the proposed solution to
the theme form the first part of this course. The Gospel of
Mark, assumed in many of the solutions to be the first among
the Synoptics, gets the major attention in the next. After the
discussion of introductory questions like author, place and time
of compositor, etc., the literary and theological structure of the
Gospel will be mentioned. Following the outline, the individual
units or groups of units will be analysed and interpreted.
Nalpathilchira J. /Cyprian E.
The expectation of the course is to introduce one into an
experience of the various dimensions of the person, ministry,
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God according
to the Gospel of Matthew. The text of the Gospel of Matthew
is read from various perspectives. A preliminary consideration
consists of the study on the authorship, date and place of writing,
purpose and the main characteristics of the Gospel of Matthew
and of the community to which the evangelist wrote this Gospel.
This will be followed by a study of the structure and main
theological concerns of the Gospel of Matthew. Texts like the
infancy narrative, baptism and temptation of Jesus, Sermon on
the Mount, missionary discourse, parables and miracles in
Matthew, the account of Last Supper, the account of passion,
death and resurrection of Jesus are studied in detail especially
from the point of view of its impact as a life transforming
Achandy J./Puthenpurackal C.
The course aims at studying the Gospel of Luke from different
angles. Our study starts with an enquiry about the author, date
and place of writing, the main characteristics of the Gospel and
the community to which this Gospel is written, followed by a
discussion on the structure and main theological concerns of the
Gospel. Then a close reading of Gospel is done with special
attention to the infancy narrative, ministry in Galilee, journey to
Jerusalem, parables in Luke and the account of passion, death,
resurrection and the command of Jesus for a universal mission.
The interpretation of the texts is done with special attention to
their practical implications in the society today.
Thayil P./Cyprian E.
This course consists of the study of the Gospel of John and the
three Letters of John. A first reading of the Gospel will include
introductory questions, such as the literary character, the authorship,
the religious and the socio-cultural background of the Gospel,
and the Johannine community in which the Gospel took shape.
A second reading will involve an exegetical analysis of the Gospel,
especially the Prologue, the dialogues, the discourses and the semeia
of the book of Signs, and the farewell talks and the passion
narrative of the book of Glory. Such a reading coupled with
hermeneutical reflection will try to elicit the theology of the Fourth
Chanikuzhy J./ Mulloor A.
The introductory part of the course will consist of the following:
(a). a brief look into the life and person of Paul; (b) the
presentation of Paul as the creator of the apostolic letter writing
praxis; (c) the rhetorical character, and the format of Pauline
Letters; (d) a classification of the Letters of Paul on the basis of
authenticity, date and content. In the selections of passages from
the undisputed Letters special emphasis will be given to biblical
theological and hermeneutical problems arising out of the Letters,
I Thessalonians, Romans, Galatians and 1 and 2 Corinthians.
Maleparambil J./Nalpathilchira J./Prasad J.
The “Captivity Letters of Paul,” viz., the letters of Philippians,
Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians, are named thus because
Paul’s imprisonment is mentioned in them. Philippians and
Philemon undoubtedly come from Paul’s own hand. The
authenticity of Colossians and Ephesians is, however disputed.
After treating such introductory questions the course will take
into account the vision of Christ, of his Body the Church, of the
mystery of God hidden for ages and now revealed, and of the
consequent way of life to be led by Christians.
Maleparambil J./Cyprian E.
This course contains the following points: A primary study is on
the title, author, date of composition, literary genre, purpose and
Sitz im Leben of Hebrews. This will be followed by a study of
the literary structure of the book. Main argument of this book
‘the priesthood of Jesus the High Priest’ and other theological
themes like faith, suffering and hope, charity and holiness etc. are
studied in detail. A reflection is also envisaged on the relevance
of priesthood in the society today and on the originality of the
Christology of Hebrews.
Maleparambil J./Cyprian E.
The Book of Revelation will be introduced in the perspective of
the Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature of the period. After
looking into the literary character, the authorship and the date of
the book, selected texts will be taken up for exegetical study to
elicit the message of the book. The close reading will show how
the author tried to interpret and evaluate the happenings of his
time in relation to the Church and how he tried to instill faith and
hope in his readers, especially in moments of crisis and suffering,
on the basis of the firm conviction of victory of Christ at the
end, as God has the last word in history.
Chanikuzhy J./Prasad J.
The course is intended to guide the students into theological studies.
This is carried out in four phases. The students will be introduced
to theological terms in the initial phases along with the explanation
of various definitions and divisions of theology. The historical
development of theology is treated in the second phase. The
Second Vatican Council Documents will be introduced in the
third phase along with their theological orientations. The present
day theological trends – both western and Indian – are introduced
in the final phase.
Kundukulam V. / Valluvassery C.
Revelation is the fundamental concept of theological reflection.
Biblical understanding of cosmic (natural) and historical
revelations, and their mutual relationship. The theology of
revelation in the Patristic and scholastic traditions. Vatican I and
Vatican II on revelation, contrast and comparison. Philosophical
challenges to the Christian understanding of revelation. Revelation
and world religions. Faith as a response to God who reveals.
Problems and challenges to faith. Biblical understanding of faith.
Justification by Faith. Trent and Reformation. Faith and Salvation.
The certitude and darkness of faith. The Hindu and Islamic
understanding of revelation and faith.
Pulickal S./Valluvassery C.
This course begins with a preliminary investigation on reason
and faith which leads to an understanding of different forms of
theism and atheism. In the context of the one, personal God
revealed in the Old Testament the different names of God and
his attributes are discussed. The development of the doctrine of
the Trinity is brought out going into the patristic sources and
early Councils. The course also looks at the Trinity from a pastoral
point of view. Christian spirituality should be rooted in the Trinity,
which invites all to a life of mutual love, sharing and unity. The
Indian concepts of God seen as Sat – Cit – Ananda enrich the
Christian understanding of the Trinity.
Kallungal M. /Gregory R.B.
This course is a systematic reflection on the person and work of
Jesus Christ. It attempts to find out the New Testament
affirmations on Christ and the traditional Christological
formulations. It will study the theological meaning of the death
and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. An attempt would be made
to interpret the meaning and relevance of Jesus Christ in the
Panjikaran S./Puthenpurackal C.
This study will investigate the biblical, patristic and the subsequent
development in the understanding of the Church throughout the
centuries. Second Vatican Council changed the focus of
understanding the Church from ecclesio-centrism to Christocentrism,
from Church as society to church as communion,
pattered after the Trinitarian community, from pyramidal to
communion model. The challenges and issues the Church faces
in the new millennium, will be looked at from the perspective of
Church’s prophetic role in the world. A contextualized ecclesiology
will also be attempted as the Church finds herself as the sacrament
of Christ, in the pluri-cultural pluri-religious and poverty stricken
and exploited situation of India.
Muthanattu J. /Gregory R.B.
Part One: Development of a catholic theology of grace:- Scriptural and
Patristic teachings on grace. St. Thomas and the Scholastic
classification of grace. Lutheran teachings and the response of
the Council of Trent. Medieval theologians on grace and
justification. New interpretation of the notion of grace by K.
Rahner and L. Boff. Part Two: Grace as the indwelling presence of the
Holy Trinity:- The immanence of the Risen Christ in us and our
special union with him as taught by Paul and John. The indwelling
presence of the Holy Spirit and the gift of divine life and divine
sonship. The spiritual gifts and charisms.
Kallungal M./ Kadeparambil A.
This course seeks to reflect on Mary, the archetype of the Church.
The role of Mary in the salvation history will be explored. It will
also study the important Marian dogmas and other important
mariological issues such as marian devotions and apparitions.
Pulprayil S. /Panakal J./Gregory R.B.
This course offers an understanding of the sacraments in their
biblical, liturgical, historical, ecumenical, personal and communal
dimensions. The students are invited to reflect deeply on the basic
fact that the Church lives through the sacraments. The method
used is historico-theological. The main themes: the term
“sacrament” - Sacraments in all Religions - Theological
Preconditions for Sacramental Theology – Beginning of Christian
Sacraments – Development of Christian Sacraments - Twentieth
century Developments – Sacramental Causality – Effects of the
Sacraments – Institution of the Sacraments – Sacraments as
Liturgical Acts and finally Active Christians as living Sacraments.
Pulickal S./Valluvassery C.
This study intends to offer the theology of Baptism,
Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders. Baptism:
Symbolism of Water – Historical Antecedents to Christian
Baptism – New Testament Insights into Baptism – Baptism in
the Judeo-Christian Writings – Effects of Baptism – Infant
Baptism – Baptism and Original Sin. Confirmation: Uneasiness
about Confirmation – Biblical Foundations – Development of
Confirmation as a Separate Sacrament-Theology of
Confirmation. Anointing of the Sick: Biblical Foundations –
History of Anointing and Healing in the Church – Theology of
Anointing of the Sick. Holy Orders: The Origins of Office in
the Church – The Development of Teaching about the Sacrament
of Orders - Bishop, Priest, Deacons.
Pulickal S./Valluvassery C.
The purpose of this course is to present before the students the
glory and power of the sacrament of Eucharist. The course is
offered in 11 main areas regarding this subject: Foreshadowing
of the Eucharist in the Old Testament and in Jewish Tradition –
Eucharist in the Gospels – Pauline Theology of the Eucharist –
The form of the Primitive Eucharist – The Medieval Eucharistic
Theology – Development of Eucharistic Theology in Modern
Age - The Trinitarian Aspect of the Eucharist – The Ecclesial
Dimension of the Eucharist and finally the Eschatological
Dimension of the Eucharist. Understanding the real meaning of
Eucharist will enable the students to participate actively in this
mystery and work for the formation of one body called the
Mystical body of Christ.
Pulickal S./Lanthaparambil G.
The main objective of this course to explain clearly the distinctive
elements of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and create in the
minds of students a thirst for regaining the lost vigor of this
sacrament and celebrate it meaningfully. Our study begins with a
review of the present situation of the administration of this
sacrament and it points out the reasons for the common disinterest
and lag in the celebration of the sacrament. It calls for an
exploration of the notion of sin. The loss of the sense of the sin,
which has become one of the characteristics of modern society
demands convincing answers with regards to the role of the
Church. One may find out different forms and various traditions:
Canonical penance, Tariff penance and private penance, each with
its merits and demerits. After acquiring balanced view of tradition
and theology, we shall deal with the quasi matter and material
integrity of this sacrament. The role of the minister of confession
is discussed in detail.
This course will reflect upon the totality of human reality with
special reference to creation, original sin, body, woman, work
and leisure from the perspective of social sciences, Christian
revelation and teachings of the Church. Students are initiated to
the methodology of theologizing from and for various contexts.
It also deals with the question of supernatural beings like angels
Kundukulam V./Gregory R.B.
This course intends to offer a vision of Missiology in general, the
biblical, theological, canonical and historical dimensions of mission
and its relevance in today’s world. It also deals with the mission
of the Church in India and its challenges.
Kochukarottu J./ Gregory R.B.
This course deals with Islam, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism in
general and the Catholic theology of other religions in particular.
We examine the universalism and particularism inherent in biblical
and patristic texts. The students are also introduced to the various
schools of thought – ecclesiocentrism, christocentrism,
theocentrism, soteriocentrism and pneumatocentrism – developed
in the Theology of Religions and are educated to evaluate them
in the light of Church documents to form a sound attitude
towards other religions. It also speaks about the singularity of
the Church and the conditions for a fruitful dialogue.
The course on Ecumenism deals with the theology of the unity
of the Church, the divisions, Reunion attempts, the origin and
development of Ecumenism, various ecumenical movements,
the ecumenical activities of the Catholic Church, the various
documents of Catholic Church on Ecumenism and the difficulties
and problems of Ecumenism
Nelpuraparambil P./Marottikaparambil F.
Christian Eschatology is the explanation of Christian hope that is
founded on the promises of God made through Jesus Christ.
This course envisages explaining the Christian hope of man
regarding the final goal of man and of the universe. The hope
of the second coming of Christ, Resurrection of the dead, the
personal and general judgment, the meaning of the mystery of
death, purification after death, the scope of eternal death and
eternal life are the main issues discussed. The hope of the fullness
of life in non- Christian traditions is considered.
Panjikaran S./Manuel R.
The course on Oriental Theology is intended to impart an overall
knowledge on the various Oriental Churches. It deals with origin
and history of Oriental Churches, the theological differences
between the West and the East. It treats about the ecclesiology,
Christology, Sacramental theology, Spiritual theology etc. of the
Oriental Churches. The documents of the Catholic Church on
Oriental Churches are also dealt with.
Topics like Dalit Theology, Feminism, Liberation Theology and
Mysticism are treated in this course.
Kadavil M. /Raynolds B./Rolden J./Paravila F.
This course is based on the vision that examination of the context
is a necessary prelude to the study of theology and to the process
of theologizing. Subsequently this course will introduce the
students to the history, ideologies, movements, agitations, events,
leaders, culture, literature and religious trends, which have shaped
the visions and life-style of Keralites in the last two centuries.
Exploration of these contexts will make them aware of the
theological concerns of the local Church and they will be
familiarized with the hermeneutics of theologizing from an
It mainly deals with the methods of moral analysis i.e. how to
arrive at correct moral decisions. Analyzing different moral
methodologies we give primary importance to the personalist
moral methodology developed by Catholic moral theologians
receiving inspiration from the proposals of Vatican II. We make
an effort to give adequate importance also to the social structural
dimension of morality and the reality of sin. It is in this context
we think about giving an adequate importance to the formation
of a Christian conscience which takes in to consideration both
personal and social dimension of conscience. Finally the question
of distictiveness or uniquness of Catholic moral theology also
will be discussed.
Chenattu A./Arakkal J.
This is a course which points to the moral obligation of protecting
and promoting human life. The principle of inviolability of human
life demands sufficient health care facilities and provisions for a
decent human life. Human life has also to be protected from
different threats to which it is constantly exposed especially in its
beginning and end, namely indiscriminate experimentation on
human life, organ trade in the pretext of organ transplantation,
genetic engineering, abortion, life-prolonging treatment,
euthanasia, suicide etc. As a part of this course we also critically
analyze certain topics which are traditionally considered as
exception to the principle of inviolability of human life, namely
self defense, self immolation, violent revolution, capital
punishment, just war, etc.
Chennattu A/Arackal J.
While the victims of injustice and inhumanities are increasing in
the world, a Christian must be able to react against them at the
light of the radical Gospel message of Justice. This course is a
humble endeavor to analyze the notion of justice and the virtues
connected with it. Justice speaks about the fundamental rights of
man: the right to life, right to property, right to one’s honor, etc.
A picture of the violation of these fundamental rights will shed
light on the inhuman realities that threaten the dignity and honor
of human life. Reparations of injuries and contracts are discussed,
for they speak out the various forms of injustice and violations.
Globalization and doing Christian social ethics with the
downtrodden are also evaluated in this class.
Illathuparampil M./Arakkal J.
MT 4. Sexual Morality and Marriage (3)
This course is meant to impart a correct perspective on sexuality
and marriage so that ethical issues emerging from these areas can
be correctly assessed from a moral point of view. Due to certain
historical influences a one-sided and distorted vision on sexuality
and marriage is developed in the Catholic tradition giving undue
importance to the procreative purpose of sexuality. But the
scriptural sources and the authentic tradition of the Church and
lately the teaching of Vatican II point to a more balanced vision
on sexuality and marriage. It is from this perspective different
ethical issues connected with human sexuality are analyzed. This
course also will deal with the sacramentality of Christian marriage,
the moral issues connected with responsible parenthood and
artificial reproductive technologies.
Chenattu A./Julian Baiju
MT 5. Special Questions in Moral Theology (2)
This meant to address certain moral issues of contemporary
interest and relevance. In choosing special issues for treatise
primary importance is given to its pastoral relevance and
Chennatt A. /Vincent R.P.
The course includes the study of the following elements: The
concept of liturgy. Historical development of the liturgy.
Liturgical renewal in the light of the Constitution on the Sacred
Liturgy of Vatican II and other relevant documents. Liturgical
theology. Pastoral Liturgy: Active participation, Liturgical
spirituality, Liturgical catechesis, Liturgical music, art &
architecture, Liturgy and Popular Devotions. Latin/Syro-
Malabar/Syro-Malankara liturgies and their salient features.
Nellickakandathil J./Rajadas G.
This course is directed to the study of the Liturgy of the Hours
and the Liturgical Year. Under the study of the Liturgy of the
Hours, the following are included: Ritual Jewish prayer in Jesus’
time, the experience and teaching of Jesus regarding prayer, a
short history of the Liturgy of the Hours and a detailed study
of Institutio generalis de Liturgia Horarum in its structural elements
& theology. The Liturgical Year & Calendar are studied in the
two main cycles: Temporal cycle & the Sanctoral Cycle. This
study includes a three-fold manner, i.e., a short history, the presentday
arrangement and theology.
The Concept of time in the Bible and in Salvation History. The
understanding of the Liturgical Year from Cosmic, Biblical,
Hebrew and Christian perspectives. Structure and important
theological themes of the Eastern Liturgical Year in general.
History, structure and theology of the Syro-Malabar Liturgical
Year. The Prayer and its timing in the Bible. Historical
development of the Divine Office. Theology and spirituality of
the Divine office. The Divine Office of the Syro - Malabar
Church: Its history, various parts and content.
It includes the study of the sacraments i.e., the sacraments of the
Christian initiation (i.e., baptism, confirmation and eucharist), and
the sacraments of healing (Reconciliation and the Anointing of
the Sick) the sacraments at the service of communion
(Ordinations and Marriage) and the sacramentals (Christian burial
and Blessings). Each one is studied at three levels: biblical basis,
a short history and the present day celebration with the help of
The Sacraments as “Mysteries” and as a “Personal Encounter”
with God. The stages of the development of the Sacramental
Rites. The anthropological dimension of the Sacraments. The
History, Structure, Rites and Theology of the Syro-Malabar
Sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation, Penance, Anointing of
the Sick, Matrimony and Holy Orders.
It aims at the study of ‘the sacrament’ of the sacraments in its
liturgical perspective. It includes: Jewish background and Biblical
foundation. A short history of the Eucharistic celebration, a
detailed analysis of the structural elements of the Mass in the
light of the GIRM, Particular aspects of the Eucharistic
celebration (Worship of the Eucharist outside mass, communion
under both species. Communion outside Mass, Concelebration,
Sunday celebration in the absence of a priest) and Liturgical
adaption or inculturation of the Eucharistic celebration.
The origin of the East Syrian/Syro-Malabar Qurbana. The New
Testament structure of the Eucharistic celebration. Ancient
documents on the Eucharistic liturgy. The Commentators of
the East - Syrian Qurbana. Various versions of the Syro-Malabar
Qurbana. A detailed study of the structure, rites, theology and
spirituality of the Syro-Malabar Qurbana.
It is chiefly meant to offer the students an introduction to canon
law course. The nature and purpose of law in the Church, the
meaning of canon law, the two Codes of canon law, theology
and canon law, a brief history of canon law are the topics treated
in the first part. In the second part, the general norms concerning
the persons in the Church, Rites, different kinds of law,
canonization of civil law, obligation to observe the law,
dispensations, juridical acts, administrative acts, power of
governance, ecclesiastical offices are explained in the light of
C.I.C., Book I (cc.1-203).
The Course deals with introduction to Canon Law, history of
CCEO and CIC, scope of the CCEO, rights and obligation of
the Christian faithful, Churches sui juries, the rites, rights and
obligations of clerics, association of Christian faithful and general
This course concentrates on Christ’s faithful (c.204), full ecclesial
communion (c.205), rights and obligations of the faithful, laity,
clerics, religious (the consecrated), formation of clerics,
incardination, loss of clerical state of life, areas of ministry of
non-ordained faithful, and association in the Church (CIC, Book
II). Besides, certain issues from the III Book on Teaching Office,
and from the VI Book on Canonical penalties are dealt with.
Supreme authority of the Church, rights and obligations of the
patriarch, major archbishop, metropolitan, eparchial bishop,
synod of bishops, patriarchal assembly, major arch episcopal
assembly, presbyteral council, pastoral council, pastors, parocial
vicars, parishes, exarchies and exarchs.
The focus of the course Canon Law III is on the Heirarchical
constitution of the Church (CIC Book II). First it is presented
at the level of the universal Church - the college of Bishops,
Roman Pontiff, Ecumenical Council, Synod of Bishops, College
of Cardinals, Papal Legates and Roman Curia. Second, at the
the continental and national level - Episcopal Conferences &
Councils, the Heirarchichal set-up in the Regions and Ecclesiastical
Provinces. Thirdly, attention is given to the hierarchical offices at
the dicoesan level - Diocesan Bishop, co-adjutor/auxiliary bishop,
Vicar general, episcopal vicars, other offices and departments in
the diocesan curia, the council of priests, college of consultors,
diocesan pastoral council, diocesan synod. In the fourth place,
other forms of authority in the Church are outlines: authority in
the consecrated life, the Hierarchy in the Oriental Churches, lay
participations in ecclesiastical governance.
Monks and other religious as well as members of other institutes
of consecrated life, laws on sacraments and sacramentals, sacred
places, veneration of saints, vow and oath, feast days and penance,
physical and juridic persons and ecclesiastical offices.
This course is mostly centred on the canonical-pastoral aspects
of the parish ministry. The provisions of cc.515-572 (Book II),
cc.945-958 (Book IV), cc. 1254-1310 and other related canons
are used to present the parochial ministry of teaching, sanctifying
and governing in a systematic and comprehensive manner. Thus,
the common norms concerning parishes, parish priests, team
ministry, assisant parish priests, and so on are explained, connecting
them with the particular laws existing in the area. The document
of the Ap. See on “Certain questions regarding the collaboration
of the lay faithful in the ministry of priests” (1997) is also a
matter of study in this course.
Ecclesiastical magisterium, acquisition, administration and
alienation of temporal goods, penal sanctions in general and
penalities for specific offences.
This particular course of canon law highlights the canonical
discipline of the Church on marriage (CIC, Book IV, CC.1055-
1165; CCEO, cc.776-866; particular laws). Accordingly, after
indicating the canonical definition of marriage, the norms
concerning the pastoral care of marriage, the impediments,
matrimonial consent, canonical form, mixed marriages,
covalidation of marriages, matrimonial relieves (dissolution,
annulment, separation), offices and tribunal procedures are clearly
explained and illustrated with cases. The current Indian civil law
on Christian marriage is also a point of serious consideration in
Kurisinkal A./Vattappalam M.
The course on the History of the Church (8 Credits) is divided
into four parts: Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary.
The first and the second parts are taught in the I Year theology
and the third and fourth parts in second year Theology. The
whole course is arranged in such a way to study the growth of
the Church in the light of faith and to understand her as she is. It
deals with the origin, development of the Church, persecutions,
various theological disputes, divisions, monasticism, lay
domination in the church, formation of Papal State, abuses in
the Church, Reforms Ecumenical Councils, Religious orders,
Spiritual and heretical movements, Reformations and Counter
Reforms, political involvements of the ecclesiastical authorities,
the adaptations to the changing world, etc.
Kollara J. /Marottikaparambil F./Arakkal M.
This course mainly deals with the history of the Church in Kerala:
the apostolate and martyrdom of St. Thomas, the Apostles, the
relationship of the Church in India with Persian Church, the
contact with the western Church, the missionary activities of the
western Church, the missionary activities of the western
missionaries esp. of St. Francis Xavier, the division, various
jurisdiction, origin of different denominations, Reunion attempts,
Ritual separation, institution of hierarchies and further
Pulikan P. /Marottikaparambil F.
The present study deals with the life, writings and the doctrine
of the orthodox writers of Christian antiquity. The course
encompasses the analysis of the three main periods of Patristics:
a. The First Three Centuries, which contains mainly five elements:
Premitive ecclesiastical literature, Apologetic literature of the
second century, Heretical literature of the second century, Anti -
heretical literature of the second century, Ecclesiastical literature
during the genesis of Christian Theology, Exposed by both
Eastern and Western Writers; b. The Second Period, that is,
Golden Age of Patristic Literature (4th - 5th cents.), which
comprises the study of the Greek Writers, Syriac Writers and
Latin Writers: c. The Third Period, that is, Decline of Patristic
Patteruparampil D./Kadeparambil A.
While presenting in detail the pedagogy of person-oriented
Catechesis, this course will deal with the objectives, sources, content,
language, approaches and methods of catechesis. Students will
be introduced also to the history of Catechesis, the documents
and directories of the Church regarding Catechesis.
Kundukulam V./Abhilash G.
This course is designed mainly to enable the students to: Frame a
social perspective in the pastoral life/ministry; Respond positively
to the Social issues; Have better tools of analyzing the present
social set up and living the liberative dimension of the Gospel;
Have better understanding of the social encyclicals, the content
of each encyclical and various social issues; Adapt the exhortation
of the church in the changed socio-political scenario of the Kerala
Palathinkal A./Charles L.
The course on Pastoral Theology or Practical Theology is to
give fundamental theological notion on the nature, history and
content of Pastoral vision of the Church and practical clarifications
on the areas of pastoral ministry. The course is based especially
on the theological and pastoral vision of the Second Vatican
Council and Pastores Dabo Vobis. Practical clarifications are also
given regarding threefold priestly ministry namely community
building, sanctification and preaching of the Word. The course is
aimed at enabling the students to carry out their ministry in the
Church and world more effectively at all levels taking into
consideration challenges of today’s society.
Oliapurath J./Antony V.
PST 4. The Spirituality of the Ordained Priest (3)
The Priesthood of Christ is the source and model of the
Ministerial Priesthood. Sacramental consecration gives the priest
a special identity and enables him to become the representative
of Christ and the Church. Consequently the Priest has a specific
vocation to holiness. His specific spirituality, rooted in pastoral
charity and determined by the threefold functions of his ministry,
is supported and enhanced by a life of prayer, spiritual exercises
and practice of virtues. The Evangelical virtues have a special
affinity to priesthood, and celibacy remains a specific characteristic
to the Catholic priesthood.
Oliyapurath J. /Antony V.
This course means to provide a brief introduction to
Communication Theology in general and some lessons on using
it in pastoral and evangelizing mission. After explaining the nature
of communication, it will be shown how church and
communication technologies are in dialogue. A survey of church
documents on communication shall be made.
Practical light shall be shed in this course on various aspects and
appropriate tools of communication such as proclamation,
homiletics, Catechesis, symbolic mediation through signs, liturgy,
story, parable, metaphor, biblical storytelling, Christian art,
architecture, music, film, new media and ministry (social networks).
Alappatt B. / William R.
This Course is aimed at preparing the future pastors for their
ministry of counselling. After giving a theoretical basis on
counselling techniques students are given practice on counselling.
Through role-play and group sessions, they are helped to learn
counselling skills. Also pastoral problems connected with
marriage, family, Youth ministry, etc., are discussed.
Puamadom K./Rajesh P.
This course is intended to give a basic knowledge about the mental
problems that priests face in their pastoral ministry. Main themes:
Normal and Abnormal behaviors, criteria of normal behaviour,
General causes of mental diseases, Neurotic disorders, psychosis,
personality disorders, alchaholism and drug addiction, psychosomatic
disorders, treatment of mental diseases.
Madan P./Ruby CTC
Inculturation, a new term used in theology, refers to the central
dynamic principle governing the Christian missionary outreach
to peoples not yet evangelized, or among whom the Church is
not yet rooted firmly and indigenously. More commonly, this is
known as catholicity, accommodation, adaptation, indigenization
and contextualization; more radically it is incarnation. The
missionaries of today have to inculture life and rites of the people,
so that the Word of God is heard and made fruitful. In short, it
is an ongoing dialogue between Gospel and culture. Through
inculturation there must be a transformation of religion and one’s
own belief system.
The objective of this course is to improve the capacity of
participants in sociological analysis and pastoral animation. By
analyzing pastoral problems from a sociological angle, they will
be made familiar with the methodology to understand and
interpret correctly the problems in the pastoral field. They will be
also initiated into the techniques of organizing meetings, of tackling
the conflicts, of planning pastoral activities and of preparing
projects for the formation of laity.
OS 3. Theology of Inculturation (2)
Clarifications on the terms like Indigenization, Acculturation,
Enculturation, Inculturation, etc. Christian meaning of
Inculturation. History of Inculturation (OT, NT, Early Church).
Inculturation and Vatican II and later magisterial documents.
Theology of Inculturation. Indian Contribution towards
Inculturation: a. Syro-Malabar Church; b. Inculturation in the
liturgy; c. Inculturation in theology (Brahmabandab Upadyaya,
Swami Abhishiktananda, Raimund Panikkar, Amalorpavadas).
OS 4. Role of Laity in the Church (2)
In the Ecclesiology, the role of laity is very important. Since they
are always in the world with the temporal affairs of life, they are
called to sanctify the secular world directly. It is an attempt to
find out the ways and means of mutual penetration of various
functions of laity, religious and priests towards the building of
the Kingdom. The different states of life in the church make her
the real body of Christ.
The parables of Jesus are powerful and dramatic expressions of
his teaching. However, the parables belong to the most difficult
texts in the New Testament: they are simple at the surface level,
but it is very difficult to reach fully their depth. Jesus’ parables
have been abused and forced to serve various purposes – from
ancient theological purposes to modern ideological and pastoral
ones. This course will explore selected parables in the Synoptic
Gospels. Making use of the conventional tools of redaction
criticism, attempt will be made to delineate the traditional material
incorporated in the parables. The course also examines the parables
making use of the synchronic reading of the text.
Church has the eternal Jesus-given duty to be missionary in this
world. How to fulfil this task in the ever changing context of the
world and of the Church? The Book of Acts in the NT recounts
the story of the mission of the early Church under the guidance
of the Holy Spirit. It exposes how the early Church fulfilled the
missionary command of Jesus in different contexts, among
different people, through different apostles and disciples
in different ways. It has inspired the Church in the past and inspires
still the modern Church. In this course, we try to discover and
understand these various aspects of the mission, especially the
missionary sermons in Acts in order to collect insights for
Church’s mission whether it is evangelization, re-evangelization
or new evangelization as well as the continued pastoral mission
of the communities in a world of all kinds of pluralisms, of
media-explosion and ever growing Godlessness.
Suffering exists and it is a daily reality. It is an experience, a scandal,
a problem and a mystery. It is very difficult to find the meaning of
this mystery. This course introduces the different aspects and forms
of suffering. The answers proposed by different religious traditions
will also be discussed. The mystery of suffering will be explained
in the light of the divine revelation in Jesus Christ.