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1/10 HW Update: Our last assignment called "Understanding Moral Thinking Worksheet" in our files section will be due in class on Thursday, January 17.  Please make sure you have the assignment ready to submit in class on the due date.  

1/3 Update: Final Exam Information.

Our final exam will be taken in class on Tuesday, January 15.  An outline will be posted soon of topics that will be on the test.  If you know you are going to be absent that day you MUST let me know in advance so we can schedule a makeup time.  The semester ends on Friday, January 18, so all work must be completed by then.

Morality Final Exam Outline


- Morality: It's definition and the way Christian tradition understands it.

- What are the major life questions the field of Morality addresses?

- The difference between moral and immoral decisions, and character

- The five competing moral philosophies and how they contradict Church teaching: Moral relativism, Pelagianism, Nihilism, Hedonism, Individualism.

- Sources of morality - factors that affect our decision making.   Internal and External factors

- Church teaching on Human Dignity and the implications of what it means to accept these teachings.

- The Incarnation and what it says about human nature and evil.

- Sin: What are the factors you need to look at to determine if something is sinful?  Venial sin, Mortal sin and original sin

- Virtues and Vices - know the seven that the Church teaches about each.

- Conscience - what are the factors that affect a person's conscience?

- Long Term (Transcendental) and Short Term (Conscience).  How do these two types of conscience affect how a person makes choices?  How can they both work together to help someone be a better decision maker?

- 2 Approaches to Christian Morality: 1) Rules and Punishment Approach; 

2) Discipleship Approach

- Reconciliation and Forgiveness: Know what the church teaches about God's forgiveness and why it is important to go to Reconciliation.  Know the 4 steps of Reconciliation.

- Notes on Conversion and how this relates to forgiveness and morality. Genuine conversion must be enduring.  Uncritical and Critical conversion are the two steps to making a genuine conversion.

- Vocation: A person’s calling from God on how they should live.   3 key questions to figure out your vocation(s): 1) What do I love to do and am passionate about?  2) What am I good at?  What are my skills and talents?  3) What does society need or what is a problem that I can help with?  A vocation is when all three questions intersect.

- Objectivity and Subjectivity: Know each of the terms.  What makes a moral position more credible and objective?

- Subjectively informed vs Subjectively Uninformed

- Rights of Refugees Article: What is the Catholic Church's position on refugees?



12/10 Update: Our next assignment called "Lifeboat Dilemma" can be found in the files section.  This assignment will be due and checked in class on Wednesday, December 12.


11/28 Update: Final Project Due Dates

The directions for the Final Project are in our files section.  If you are still choosing a topic you can look at the list in our files section called "Final Project List of Available Topics" to see what you would like to pick.

Here are the due dates for each part:

Part 1: Research Paper - Thursday, December 13

Part 2: Presentation - Scheduled day ranging from December 10 - 19

Part 3: Individual Reflection Paper - Monday, January 7


11/20 Update: The directions for our final project are in our files section called "Final Project Directions."  You must have your topic submitted and approved by Monday, November 26th.

11/20 Update: We will be having our next test for class on Friday, November 30.  Below is an outline for the test:

Morality Test Outline

Catholic Moral Tradition

- Rules and Punishment Approach

- Discipleship Approach

- Know the strengths and weaknesses of each approach

- Know what each approach emphasizes and focuses on

Objectivity - Subjectivity

- Know the definitions of each term

- Subjectively informed vs subjectively uninformed

- Know some objective beliefs the Church has

- Know how the two approaches can affect moral decision making

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

- Church teaching on Forgiveness

- The steps of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Immigration Article

- Know the main points the Church has on the issue 

- Know the Scripture evidence the Church refers to in order to support it's position


11/19 Update: Our next homework assignment called "Objectivity-Subjectivity Worksheet" in our files section is due on Wednesday, November 21.  The assignment must be handed in that day.


10/30 Update: Our next homework assignment is a file called "Rights of Refugees Article."  Please read the article and answer the 10 questions at the end.  This will be due in class on Monday, November 5th.


10/29 Test Update: We will be having a test next week on Wednesday, November 7.  Below is an outline of the topics you should know for the test.

Morality Test Outline - Conscience, Sin, Virtues and Vices

- Catholic Teaching on the Primacy of Conscience

- Categorical (Short Term Conscience) and Transcendental (Long Term Conscience).  Also know examples of each.

- Sin: Definitions and examples

- Free Will and Original Sin

- 3 conditions for evaluating sin: Action, intent, circumstances, ?awareness

- Virtues: Theological and Cardinal Virtues

- Vices: Capital Vices (Seven Deadly Sins)

- Rights of Refugees Article


10/26 Update: Morality – Response Questions to Talk on Life Lessons

1) Name three lessons that the speaker talks about during the talk

2) Now that you have been through most of your high school career, what is a piece of advice that you would give to a freshman who is just beginning high school?

3) What’s a negative experience you had in school that you learned a valuable lesson from?

4) What is something you would like to do outside of school that you haven’t done before?

5) What is a positive memorable experience that you have had during your years at school?  Why does this stand out to you?


10/25 HW Update: Our next assignment called "Identifying Sin Assignment" in our files section will be due in class on Monday, October 29.  

Everyone should have the Individual Part ready to be checked in class that day.

Each group should be ready to present their assigned story to the class and have their work typed out or printed to be submitted that day.  


10/25 Update:  Sin Examples Classwork

Directions: Read each story below and using our notes on the factors used to evaluate sin, write what type of sin you think the character is committing and why.  You can choose no sin, venial sin, serious sin, or mortal sin.

1) When Tim was a young kid, he was constantly abused and beaten up by his father.  As he grew up Tim decided to use ?violence to get what he wanted just as his uncle did and became ?a bully and never was able to overcome the effects of his father's ?abuse.  When he got older, he began to turn to crime and ?robbery.  One day after school, Tim tries to take a homework ?assignment from one of his classmates.  The classmate tries to ?resist, so Tim attacks him and badly injures him.  Is Tim ?committing a sin in this situation?  Make sure to explain your ?answer by evaluating action, intent, and awareness/?circumstances.

2) James is really hooked on a new game for his Playstation 4.  He knows that he is supposed to shovel out the snow for his parents before they get home from work.  One snowy day, James gets so into his new game that he forgets to shovel the snow in his driveway or help his mom carry in the groceries. When his mom gets home, she slips on the ice and hurts her ankle.  Is James committing a sin in this situation?  Make sure to ?explain your answer by evaluating action, intent and awareness/ circumstances.

3). Maria has a big drinking problem.  Many times she has gone ?out to her local bar to drink heavily and later drive home.  Maria knows that drunk driving isn’t good, but she thinks that it’s not ?that bad because her bar is only two miles away and she has ?never gotten into an accident before.  One night as she is driving ?home drunk she hits a car and seriously injures the two people in ?the car.  Is Maria committing a sin?  Make sure to explain your ?answer.


10/23 Update: Our notes on sin are in a file called "Sin Notes."  Use the notes to help you complete our next homework assignment called "Sin Worksheet," which is also found in our files section.

10/19 Update: Notes on Virtues and Vices.  For class today, click on the file called "Virtues-Vices Notes" to follow along with the notes.  Then use the file called Virtues-Vices Worksheet to complete the assignment.

10/17 Update: Class assignment - Identifying virtues and vices in society:

Give three examples of virtues and three examples of vices that you see in the following areas of society you are assigned to:  Make sure you are specific.  For example don’t just say I see people being cruel because they are saying mean things.

School

Social media/ digital world

Sports


Friends/peers

Politics

Church/Religion


Film/TV

Town/Community/Neighborhood

Business/Professional working world


10/16 Update: Our next assignment called "Long and Short Term Conscience Essay" will be due next week in class on Thursday, October 25.  The assignment must be typed in essay form and should be printed out ready to submit on the due date.


10/3 Update: Our next HW assignment called "Stances on Moral Issues part 2" in our files section will be due in class next week on Friday, October 12.  Your group should be ready to debate your issue that day.


9/27 Update: Our next homework assignment that is called "Stances on Moral Issues" in our files section will be due in class on Wednesday, October 3rd.


9/27 Update: We will be having a quiz coming up next week on Thursday, October 4th.  An outline will be posted to give you the specific topics you need to know for the exam.

- Morality: It's definition and the way Christian tradition understands it.

- The difference between moral and immoral decisions

- Character and values

- The major moral questions that morality attempts to answer

- Explicit vs Implicit Christian, and which is more important.

- The five competing moral philosophies (Moral Relativism, Nihilism, Individualism, Hedonism, Pelagianism)  and how they contradict church teaching.

- Church teaching on Human Dignity and the implications of what it means to accept these teachings.  Also know the questions from our homework assignment.

- The Incarnation and what it says about human nature and evil.

- Sources of morality - Internal and External factors that affect our decision making.


9/21 Update: Our next homework assignment called "Morality Introductory Assignment" can be found in our files section.  The assignment will be due in class on Thursday, September 27.  It can be typed or hand written but must be ready to handed in on the due date.


Welcome to Morality class with Mr. Leone!

Our first HW assignment is on moral influences in our society.  The directions are below.  Please have the assignment completed by class tomorrow when it will be checked.

Assignment: Moral influences in our society
Come up with a list of 5 specific sources in our society that influence culture and really have a strong effect on the way people think.  As examples you can look at movies, tv shows, advertisements, social media, books.  Explain the message that each one gives about morality.  For each one please do ?the following:
A) List the source and describe it.
B) Explain the influence that it has on people in society
C) Explain whether or not you think this is a positive or negative ?effect.