General Objective: (6 ECTS – S. Obu) To explore the mystery of the divine action/grace in the Sacraments, as it is celebrated, believed and taught in the Church. To attain a clearer awareness of the influx of historical factors at the level of the sacramental praxis. To help the candidates to the Presbyterate in deepening their identity and their mission as ministers of the Sacraments. To hint at the connections with distinction from other treatises (dogmatic, spiritual, pastoral ...).
Course Outlines: The Sacraments of Orders, Marriage, Penance and Anointing will be studied from these complementary points of view: biblical data; history of the praxis; magisterial teaching; theological reflection; the post- Conciliar Ordines; systematic vision.
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Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to understand the “Sacraments-of-faith” from the biblical and dogmatic point of view; to acquire a clearer awareness of the interplay between speculative study, spiritual life and pastoral ministry.