DOGMATIC THEOLOGY

DOGMA 1: INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

Rev. Fr. Ronald C. Cortel, O.P. / Rev. Fr. Joseto Bernadas, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

The course presents the subject from the historical perspective, that is, starting with the biblical data, the teaching of the Church fathers, the magisterium before Vatican II, the reflections of theologians, Vatican II and the postconciliar magisterium on religions.

Course Objectives

After the course shall have been offered, the students will show skills in:

  1. relating the topic to other branches of theology
  2. applying the course in the Philippine setting

Value aims

After the course shall have been offered, the students will show the following values:

  1. An appreciation of hte contributions of other religions
  2. See Catholic theology from interfaith perspective

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Biblical Data on Israel and other nations
  3. Patristic teaching on the cosmi Christ and salvation
  4. Council of Trent and magisterium before Vatican II
  5. Interfaith dialogue in the Philippines before Vatican II
  6. Vatican II and the postconciliar magisteriumViews of Theologians after Vatican II. Synthesis.
  7. Views of Theologians after Vatican II. Synthesis.
  8. Interfaith Dialogue in the Philippines after Vatican II
  9. Practicum: temple visits (Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim).

References / Texts

Dupuis, Jacques. 2001. Towards a Christian Theolog of Religious Pluralism. NY: Orbis Books.Flannery, Austin, ed. 1975.

Flannery, Austin, ed. 1975. Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Postconciliar Documents. 2 volumes.Mercado, Leonardo N., ed. 1993.

Mercado, Leonardo N., ed. 1993. The Philippine Muslim-Christian Dialogue. Manila: Logos Publications.__________________ (compiler and editor).

__________________ (compiler and editor). Interreligious Stories and Experiences. Manila: Logos Publications, Inc.__________________. 2000.

__________________. 2000. From Pagans to Partners: The Change in Catholic Attitudes towards Traditional Religion. Manila: Logos Publications, Inc.__________________. 2004. Interreligious Explorations:

__________________. 2004. Interreligious Explorations: The Challenge and Rewards of Interreligious Dialogue. Manila: Logos Publications, Inc.Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. 1991.

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. 1991. Dialogue and Proclamation, Reflections and Orientations on Interreligious Dialogue and the Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Manila: Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the Philippines.

DOGMA 2: DIVINE REVELATION

Rev. Fr. Joseto Bernadas, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

Existence, nature and development of both the natural and the supernatural revelation of God – the means and ways by which man can know revelation.

DOGMA 3A: INTRODUCTION TO SACRED THEOLOGY

Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio Aureada, O.P.
1 unit

Course Description

Existence of supernatural revealed theology, its nature, object, and field of investigation. Theological methods and criteria. Branches of theology. Use and applications. (Cf. ST I, 2-43)

DOGMA 3B: GOD, ONE AND TRIUNE

Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio E. Aureada, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

Systematic presentation of the doctrine on the unity of the Three Divine Persons. (Cf. Summa Theologiae I, qq. 2-43). Current approaches to the Trinitarian Theology.

DOGMA 4: CREATION AND CHRISTIAN ANTHROPOLOGY

Rev. Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Christian Anthropology: Man as Creature. Man as Sinner. Man as Redeemed. Man as Perfected. In reality, only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear (GS, 22). A true theology of man is to be grounded in Christ. Hence, Christian anthropology views the four-fold reality of man (created, sinful, redeemed, perfected) in the context of God’s plan for the world. It attempts to answer the following questions: What does our Christian faith say about man and his vocation as creature? How does Christian faith propose to explain the reality of evil and sin in the world? How is sin related to the grace of Christ? What do we really mean by redemption? What does our Christian faith mean by human fullness and eternal life?

DOGMA 5A: CHRISTOLOGY

Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, D.D.
3 units

Course Description

Who is Jesus? Names, existence, possibility and importance. Place of Christology in Salvation History. Jesus in the biblical figures. Fulfillment of salvation in the Bible and in Tradition (History of Soteriology). Jesus’ nature: Incarnation, capital grace, prayer, priesthood, collegiality, mediation, eschatology.

DOGMA 5B: MARIOLOGY

Rev. Fr. Roland Mactal, O.P.
1 unit

Course Description

Basic notions of Mariology. Development of Mariology in the history of the Church. Mariology before Vatical II. Vatican II and Mariology: Mary and Jesus; Mary and the Church; cult of Mary; eschatology of Mary; Mary and ecumenism.

DOGMA 6: CHURCH

Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, D.D.
3 units

Course Description

Theology of the Church. The Church in the history of Salvation; history of Ecclesiology; definitions of the Church. Divine origin of the Church’s mission and mystery of the Church, the apostolic and episcopal college, the nature, functions, forms and subjects. Pneumatological dimension: the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin, laity and the religious, the mystery of her unity, sanctity and catholicity. The Church and humankind, the Church, community of salvation.

DOGMA 7: SACRAMENTS IN GENERAL, AND SACRAMENTS OF BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION

Msgr. Sabino Vengco
3 units

Course Description

Sacraments. Notion of the Sacraments (Terminologies). Historical Perspective. Theological Significance: Definition, Necessity, Effects, Causes, and Numbers, Sacramentals. Special Questions. Pastoral Implications.

Sacrament of Baptism. Introduction. Historical Accounts. Theological Perspective: St. Thomas Aquinas, Vatican II, and Post Vatican II. Pastoral Implications.

Sacrament of Confirmation. Introduction. Historical Roots. Theological Perspective: St. Thomas Aquinas, Vatican II, and Post Vatican II. Pastoral Implications.

DOGMA 8: SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK

Rev. Fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner, III, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Sacrament of Reconciliation: History of the Sacrament. Theology of the Sacrament: St. Thomas Aquinas, Vatican II, and Post Vatican II. Pastoral Implications.

Sacrament of teh Anointing of the Sick: Historical Background. Theological Perspective: St. Thomas Aquinas, Council of Trent, Vatican II and Post Vatican II. Pastoral Implications.

DOGMA 9: SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST

Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio E. Aureada, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

This course studies the Sacrament of the Eucharist in its theological perspective as the center of the Christian life. Its nature. Its essential aspects. The Eucharist as a re-enactment of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. The Eucharist as a sacred banquet. Its eschatological dimension.

DOGMA 10: SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY ORDERS

Rev. Fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner, III, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

This course studies the Sacrament of the Holy Orders in its theological perspective. Its nature. Its essential aspects. (Cf. Summa Theol., III, qq. 66-83; Suppl.. qq. 29-99)

DOGMA 11: ESCHATOLOGY

Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio E. Aureada, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

This course studies the meaning of life after death and how the Eschaton affects Christian life. Its present relevance in Theology. Biblical Eschatology. Eschatology in Christian Tradition. The Communitarian Eschatology: Parousia-Judgment, Resurrection, Eternal Life (Heaven) and Eternal Death (Hell). The Individual Eschatology: Death, Judgment, Retribution, Life after Death. Purgatory. Spiritism.

MORAL THEOLOGY

MORALS 1: FUNDAMENTAL MORAL THEOLOGY

Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

General Introduction to Moral Theology. Life as a journey to God: the goal of man’s earthly journey; happiness, beatitude and love. Christian morality; its objective dimension: values, norms and laws; its subjective dimension: conscience. Attitudes in self-realization: human and Christian virtues. Failures in self-realization: sin, signs and sin-unto-death. Reconciliation, Conversion, and Penance.

MORALS 2: GRACE

Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Nature of grace. The grace of God: as positive fundamental option and as process towards the full liberation of the children of God; the numerous manifestations of God’s grace to man. Habitual and actual graces. Cause and effects of grace; justification and merit. Growth in fidelity to grace.

MORALS 3: MORAL VIRTUES

Rev. Fr. Antonio G. Cabezon, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

The moral virtues in general: their function, formation and loss. The Golden Mean. Prudence and fullness of mature action: its marks, cause, kinds and delimitations. Courage as greatness of soul, and martyrdom, the heroism in greatness, with heroism in labors and dangers. Temperance as the virtue of personal maturity: conditions for integrity, defects, kinds of maturity, and related virtues.

MORALS 4: THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES

Rev. Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

Faith. God’s gracious encounter with man through divine revelation. Man’s faithful response to the demands of the divine truth perfects and ennobles man’s mind in the pursuit of his everlasting destiny. Christ, the Incarnate Truth, speaks to man through the Gospel and his Church. Hope. Deepens its roots in the acceptance of the divine revelation and its fulfillment in God’s word. Salvific role of Christian hope in its personal and communitarian dimensions. The Risen Christ: man’s guarantor in his eschatological aspirations. Charity. Man’s intimate relationship with God through divine friendship. Man’s conscious unfolding of sanctifying grace in the process of his personal sanctification excels over all the other virtues and is the true bond of perfection. Christ’s love for God and his neighbor (cf. Summa Theol., II-II, qq. 1-46).

MORALS 5: JUSTICE AND THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

Fr. Fausto B. Gomez, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

In this theological course entitled Social Doctrine of the Church, we shall study the basic elements and concerns of this social doctrine. Among the basic elements, we shall speak of the paradigms of social ethics; the nature of the Social Doctrine of the Church; the fundamental principles and values of this doctrine, and the preferential option/love for the poor; the family; economic and political life; the environment, and the promotion of peace. We shall close by pointing out the main lessons we have learned from the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Outline Of The Course

Paradigms of Social Ethics

  1. Ethics, Moral Theology and Social Ethics
  2. Three paradigms of social ethics
  3. Social Ethics: Theory and Praxis

The Social Doctrine of the Church: Nature and Development

  1. Nature
  2. Development
  3. Priority of Praxis

Basic Principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church

  1. Respect for Persons, Justice and Common Good
  2. Solidarity and Subsidiarity
  3. The Universal Destination of the Goods of the Earth

Social Values of the Social Doctrine of the Church

  1. The Fundamental Value of Life
  2. Freedom
  3. Truth

Principal Social Values: Justice and Love

  1. Justice
  2. Love
  3. The Preferential Option / Love for the Poor

The Family and Social Life

  1. The Family, the First Natural Society
  2. The Social Subjectivity of the Family
  3. The Family as Participant in Social Life

The Social Doctrine of the Church and Politics

  1. Politics and Morality
  2. The International Community and Development
  3. Politics and the Church

The Social Doctrine of the Church and the Economy

  1. Morality and Economic Life
  2. Economic Institutions at the Service of Persons and Peoples
  3. Work and Workers

The Social Doctrine of the Church and the Environment

The Critical Relationship between the Human Person and Environment

  1. Ecological Responsibility
  2. The Principles of Stewardship

The Promotion of Peace

  1. Meaning of Peace
  2. Peacemaking in our world
  3. Let us Being now!

Conclusion

  1. The Relevant “Ten Lesson” of the SDC
  2. The More Relevant “Four Lessons” of the SDC
  3. The Most Important Lesson

References / Texts

The Social Encyclicals and Documents of te Social Doctrine of the Church(1891-2009)
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Vatican City, 2004

PCP II, Acts and Decrees. Manila: CBCP, 1992.

Fausto B. Gomez, O.P., A Pilgrim’s Notes: Ethics, Social Ethics and Bioethics. Manila: UST Publishing House, 2005.

Fausto B. Gomez, O.P., Promoting Justice, Love, Life. Manila: UST Publishing House, 1998.

MORALS 6: LOVE, MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY

Rev. Fr. Tamerlane R. Lana, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

The course deals with the secular institution of marriage as it is rooted in human nature; its end and properties as such. Matrimony as a sacrament of the New Law. St. Paul in the theology of marriage. Significance of the sacramental sign as it is expressed in the conjugal life of the Christian spouses. The grace which makes the Christian marriage a saving reality. Norms for the conjugal life, in particular with respect to family planning.

MORALS 7: THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN LIFE

Rev. Fr. Rolando Castro, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

This course deals with the nature of Christian life and its goal; presents it as basically a following of Christ in the concrete historical life and the ensemble of God’s gifts and graces that make it possible; and explains the process with pertinent directives by which Christians grow and develop along the three-fold path or prayer, conversion, and charity towards the fullness of Christian life and love.

MORALS 8: BIOETHICS

Rev. Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

This course deals with Ethics, Bioethics, and Theological Bioethics. Bioethics of Principles. Bioethics of values. Bioethics of Clinical Cases. Beginning of Life Issues. End of Life Issues. Organ Transplants and Donations.

PASTORAL THEOLOGY

PASTORAL 1: LITURGY I (GENERAL INTRODUCTIONS)

Rev. Fr. Pompeyo de Mesa, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Introduction: Liturgy and Seminary Formation. Notion of Liturgy. History of Liturgy. Theology of Liturgy: Triniatarian Aspect, Ecclesial Aspect, Sign Aspect, and effects. Special Questions. Pastoral Implication.

PASTORAL 2: LITURGY II (EUCHARISTIC SACRIFICE)

Rev. Fr. Pompeyo de Mesa, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

The institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. The liturgical celebration of the Eucharist in the apostolic era, patristic times, post-patristic times, medieval times, Council of Trent, pre-Vatican II and after Vatican II. Pastoral Dimension of the Eucharist.

PASTORAL 3: LITURGY III (SACRAMENTS)

Rev. Fr. Pompeyo de Mesa, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Liturgical celebration and pastoral aspect of the sacraments of Christian Initiation, the sacrament of Penance, Christian Marriage, Holy Orders, of Christian Death and Burial.

PASTORAL 4: MISSIOLOGY

Rev. Fr. Edgar Javier, S.V.D.
2 units

Course Description

This is an introductory course. It seeks to orient the course participants on the work and principles of Missions. It discusses the traditional and contemporary theologies of mission, the paths of mission, and the contemporary challenges to mission. This is followed by a discussion of mission in Asia (and the Pacific) today. Finally, the elements of spirituality for mission in Asia (and the Pacific) will be discussed.

PASTORAL 5: CATECHETICS

Rev. Fr. Renato de Guzman, S.D.B.
2 units

Course Description

Introduction: What is Chatechetics? Notions. Catechesis, evangelization. Who is the Catechist: his tasks his role. Sources: Bible, liturgy, ecclesial life, rule of faith. The transmission: Catechetical pedagogy. The different steps in Catechetics. The persons responsible for the delivery of the catechetical message. History of Catechetics: Historical Concerns. Analysis of the methods. Permanent and variable elements in Catechetics. Nature: The apostolic mission of the Church. The ecclesial community. The finality. The object of catechetics. Pastoral structures: Family, school, community.

PASTORAL 6: PREACHING I

Rev. Fr. Senen Ecleo, O.P. / Rev. Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P.
1 unit

Course Description

This course is designed to initiate students into the fundamental elements of Christian preaching by introducing the students to teh nature of preaching, its homiletic context. It also deals with the different theologies of preaching and hermeneutics.

PASTORAL 7: PREACHING II (MEANS OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS)

Rev. Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

This course is designed to complement the study of Preaching I. It focuses on the liturgical context of preaching to the Liturgical Year, the lectionary, and the Sacraments. The nature and function of the homilies within Eucharistic celebrations, marriage rites, baptismal rites, and funeral rites. It also discusses and practices the said rites. This also discusses the theology of social communications; their importance and critical use in evangelization.

PASTORAL 8: CANON LAW I

Rev. Fr. Jose Ma. B. Tinoko, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

The mystery of the Church (existence of the juridical factor in the Church; history of the use of authority in the Church; role of law in the Church; need for the constant review of the Code, etc.). The people of God (who they are; canonical norms for and the grouping of God’s people; physical and moral persons; liberty and responsibility of God’s people, etc.). The hierarchy and the Church’s episcopate (Lumen Gentium, Christus Dominus, Presbyterorum Ordinis, Optatam Totius, the Motu Proprio Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem studied in conjunction with present codal provisions; latest papal documents on bishops’ rites and privileges as contained e.g. in the Motu Proprio Pastorale Munus & De Episcoporum Muneribus; jurisdiction; other new related papal documents; etc.). The laity (theologico-canonical highlights of the laity according to the Constitutions Lumen Gentium, Gaudium et Spes, and the decree Apostolicam Actuositatem; some related codal provisions on the laity, etc.).

PASTORAL 9: CANON LAW II

Rev. Fr. Jose Ma. B. Tinoko, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

The Universal Call to Holiness (a historico-theological study of this response and its canonical perspective in teh light of the Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium; general principles for hte restoration and promotion of the Sacred Liturgy; the Eucharistic Mystery and Sacrifice; other sacraments and sacramentals; divine office, etc.). The Religious (theologico-canonical examination of Lumen Gentium & Perfectae Caritatis regarding religious life; Motu Proprio Ecclsiae Sanctae and other new apostolic documents on the religious, etc.). the pilgrim Church and her eschatological nature and union with the heavenly Church; ecumenism; canonical implications of other Apostolic decrees and documents and related pastoral considerations; etc.

SACRED SCRIPTURES

SS1: GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURES

Rev. Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP
Rev. Fr. Ermito de Sagon, OP
2 units

Course Description

Divinity and sacredness of the Scriptures – the books, their admittance into the canon and their canonical authority. The sacred text, its language, style and literary nature. Senses and interpretation of the written Word of God. Basic biblical chronology. The outline or scheme of Salvation History. The Torah.

SS2: EXEGESIS OLD TESTAMENT I (PENTATEUCH)

Rev. Fr. Ermito de Sagon, OP
3 units

Course Description

SS3: OLD TESTAMENT II (HISTORICAL BOOKS, PROPHETS)

Fr. Efren Rivera, O.P.
4 units

Course Description

Old Testament II: History of the Old Testament and the Prophets

SS4: EXEGESIS OLD TESTAMENT III (SAPIENTIAL BOOKS)

Rev. Fr. Ermito de Sagon, O.P.
4 units

Course Description

Exegesis Old Testament III: The Sapiential Books

SS5: EXEGESIS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT I (SYNOPTICS)

Rev. Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P.
4 units

Course Description

Exegesis Of The New Testament I: Synoptics

SS6: EXEGESIS NEW TESTAMENT II (ACTS AND LETTERS OF PAUL)

Fr. Efren Rivera, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles of Paul; Introduction to Acts and the 14 Letters of the Paulinian corpus. Personality of Paul and highlights of his ministry. Exegesis of passages in Acts and the Pauline corpus used in Sunday Mass readings, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the Catholic Faith Catechism.

SS7: EXEGESIS NEW TESTAMENT III (JOHANINE GOSPEL AND REVELATION)

Rev. Fr. Efren Rivera, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

Exegesis New Testament III: The Gospel of St. John and the Book of Revelation

SS8: LATIN

Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Adalid, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Latin IV (C/O Latin Institute): Diagnostic exams on Latin I-III achievement, mastery and reinforcement exercises. Reading and Interpretation of Scriptural texts in Latin.

SS9: GREEK

Rev. Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Greek

SS10: HEBREW

Rev. Fr. Ermito de Sagon, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Hebrew

CHURCH HISTORY

HISTORY I: ANCIENT CHURCH HISTORY

Rev. Fr. Lucio P. Gutierrez, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

Object and nature of the History of the Church. Field and objectives; methods and means. Quadripartite division of history. Auxiliaries of Church History. The History of the Church in Ancient Times: from Jesus till the rise and triumph of Islam (7th century).

HISTORY II: MEDIEVAL CHURCH HISTORY

Rev. Fr. Lucio P. Gutierrez, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

The Church of the medieval times, from the Carolingian renaissance (8th century) till the Protestant Reformation (16th century).

HISTORY III: MODERN CHURCH HISTORY

Rev. Fr. Lucio P. Gutierrez, O.P.
3 units

Course Description

The Church in the modern times since the Reformation (16th century) till the present.

HISTORY IV: PHILIPPINE CHURCH HISTORY

Rev. Fr. Rolando V. Dela Rosa, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Pre-evangelical religion of the Filipinos. The arrival of the heralds of the Gospel and their missionary, educational and charitable activities and institutions. The dioceses. Origin, development and struggles of the Filipino secular clergy. Councils and synods. Peculiarities of the faith, morals and liturgical life of the Filipinos. Achievements of the Church is the socio-economic field. Missionary endeavors abroad. Religious repercussions of the Philippine Revolution. The challenge from Protestant and indigenous religious sect.

HISTORY V: PRE-NICEAN PATROLOGY

Rev. Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Object and nature of Patrology. Its method and use. The Fathers of the Church from the Apostolic Fathers until the Council of Nicea (325).

HISTORY VI: POST-NICEAN PATROLOGY

Rev. Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

From the Council of Nicea (325) to the end of the Patristic period.

HISTORY VII: CHRISTIAN ARCHEOLOGY

Rev. Fr. Isidro Abano, O.P.
2 units

Course Description

Chronology, topography, matter, method and history of Christian Arceology. Early Christian cemeteries. Early Christian inscriptions. Early Christian church buildings. Ancient Christian Art.

Course Description for the ITF

ITF F1: PHILOSOPHICAL CONCEPTS

Ray-Ann Cagampang
2 units

ITF 101: INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY

Fr. Joseto N. Bernadas, OP
2 units

Existence of a supernatural revealed theology, its nature, object and field of investigation. Theological methods and criteria. Branches of theology. Use and applications. (Cf. Summa Theol., I, qq. 2-43).

ITF S1: INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURES

Fr. Efren O. Rivera, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

Divinity and sacredness of the Scriptures – the books, their admittance into the canon and their canonical authority. The sacred text, its language, style and literary nature. Senses and interpretation of the written Word of God. Basic biblical chronology. The outline or scheme of Salvation History. The Torah.

ITF S2: OLD TESTAMENT

Fr. Ermito G. de Sagon, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

History of Israel from Joshua to Macabees (noting the chronology of the ministries of the Prophets). The Message of the Prophets. The Sapiential Books.

ITF S3: THE GOSPEL AND REVELATION

Fr. Angel A. Aparicio, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

Synoptics. Gospel of St.John and the Book of Revelation.

ITF S4: Acts, Pauline and Catholic Epistles

Fr. Efren O. Rivera, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

Origin and development of the Church as reflected in the Acts. Life in early Christian Communities, characteristics and difficulties. Letters of St. Paul and the Universal Epistles.

ITF D1: GOD, ONE AND TRIUNE, CREATION, FALL, REDEMPTION

Fr. Edgardo Alaurin, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

The mystery of God. His existence, nature and Unitarian attributes. The mystery of the Holy Trinity. Creation. The angels and mas as creatures. Original Sin. Redemption. The government of the universe by God (Cf. Summa Theol., I, qq. 44-119).

ITF D2: CHRISTOLOGY

Fr. Virgilio A. Ojoy, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

Introduction: Who is Jesus? Names, existence, possibility and importance. Manifestations: Place of Soteriology in Salvation history. Jesus in the biblical figures. Fulfilment of salvation in the Bible and in Tradition (History of Soteriology). Jesus’ Nature: Incarnation, Capital Grace, Prayer, Priesthood, Collegiality, Meditation, Eschatology.

ITF D3: ECCLESIOLOGY

Fr. Edgardo Alaurin, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

Theology of the Church. The church in the history of Salvation; history of Ecclesiology; definitions of the Church. Divine origin of the Church’s mission and mystery of the Church, the apostolic and Episcopal college, the nature, functions, forms and subjects. Pneumatological dimension: the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin, laity and the religious. The mystery of her unity, sanctity and catholicity. The Church and humankind, the Church, community and salvation.

ITF D4: SACRAMENTOLOGY

Fr. Virgilio A. Ojoy, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

Sacraments in General. Notion of the Sacraments (Terminologies). Historical Perspective. Theological Significance: Definition: Necessity, Effects, Cause and Numbers. Sacramentals. Sacraments in Particular. Special Questions. Pastoral Implications.

ITF D5: ESCHATOLOGY

Fr. Jose Antonio E. Aureada, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

This course studies the meaning of Eschaton and its present relevance in Theology. Biblical Eschatology. Eschatology in Christian Tradition. The Communitarian Eschatology: Parousia-Judgment, Resurrection, Eternal Life (Heaven) and Eternal Death (Hell). The Individual Eschatology: Death, Judgment, Retribution, Life after Death. Purgatory. Spiritism.

ITF D6: MARIOLOGY

Fr. Roland D. Mactal, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

Basic notions of Mariology. Development of Mariology in the history of the Church. Mariology before Vatican II, Vatican II and Mariology: Mary and Jesus; Mary and the Church; cult of Mary; eschatology of Mary; Mary and ecumenism.

ITF M1: FUNDAMENTAL MORAL THEOLOGY

Sr. Maria Lirio L. Guillermo, AR
2 units

Course descriptions

General Introduction to Moral Theology. Life as a journey to God: the goal of man’s earthly journey, happiness, beatitude and love. Christian morality: its objective dimension (values, norms and laws); its subjective dimension (conscience).

ITF M2: THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES

Fr. Raymund Fernando Jose, O.P.
1 unit

Course descriptions

Faith: God’s gracious encounter with man through divine revelation. Man’s faithful response to the demands of the divine truth perfects and ennobles man’s mind in the pursuit of his everlasting destiny. Hope: Deepens its roots in the acceptance of the divine revelation and finds its fulfillment in God’s word. Salvific role of Christian hope in its personal and communitarian dimensions. Charity: Man’s intimate relationship with God through divine friendship. Man’s conscious unfolding of sanctifying grace in the process of his personal sanctification excels over all the other virtues and is the true bond of perfection. (Cf. Summa Theol., II-II, qq. 1-46).

ITF M3: CARDINAL VIRTUES

Sr. Maria Lirio L. Guillermo, AR
1 unit

Course descriptions

Prudence and fullness of mature action: its marks, cause, kinds and delimitations. Courage as greatness of soul, martyrdom, the heroism in greatness, with heroism in labors and dangers. Temperance as the virtue of personal maturity: conditions for integrity, defects, kinds of maturity and related virtues.

ITF M4: GRACE AND SIN

Sr. Maria Lirio L. Guillermo, AR
1 unit

Course descriptions

Sin, sins and sin-unto-death. The grace of God: as positive fundamental option and as process towards the full liberation of the children of God; the numerous manifestations of God’s grace to man; justification and merit.

ITF M5: SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

Fr. Ferdinand L. Bautista, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

Paradigms of Social Ethics. The nature of the Social Doctrine of the Church: its principles and values. The social values of freedom, truth, justice and solidarity. Peace and peacemaking. The social doctrine of PCP II. The priority of social praxis.

ITF M6: THEOLOGY OF RELIGIOUS LIFE

Sr. Cecilia Varon, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

Theology of Christian perfection. The special call of the Christian to a higher level of commitment. The biblical foundation of the value of religious life. The theology of the religious vows. The life in common. The regular prayer life. The peculiar charism of each institution. Religious life and the modern church.

ITF M7: BIOETHICS

Fr. Ferdinand L. Bautista, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

This course deals with Ethics, Bioethics and Theological Bioethics. Bioethics of Principles. Bioethics of Virtues. Bioethics of Clinial Cases. Beginning of Life Issues. End of Life Issues. Organ Transplants and Donations.

ITF H1: HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Fr. Louie R. Coronel, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

Nature and objectives of the History of the Church. Methods and means. Division of history. Auxiliaries of Church History. A survey of the history of the Church.

ITF H2: PHILIPPINE CHURCH HISTORY

Fr. Louie R. Coronel, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

Pre-evangelical religion of the Filipinos. The arrival of the heralds of the Gospel and their missionary, educational and charitable activities and institutions. The dioceses. Origin, development, and struggles of the Filipino secular clergy. Councils and synods. Pecularities of the faith, morals and liturgical life of the Filipinos. Achievements of the Church in the socio-economic field. Missionary endeavors abroad. Religious repercussions of the Philippine Revolution. The challenge from other Christian traditions, Islam and indigenous religious sects.

ITF P2: THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN PERFECTION

Fr. Roland M. Castro, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

Prayer. Christian Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer. Nature of the Christian spiritual life. The gits of the Holy Spirit (cf. Summa Theol., II-II, qq 45-46; q 52; q 121; qq 120-129). Prophecy, miracles and similar extraordinary graces (cf. Summa Theol., II-II qq 171-174-189).

ITF P3: LITURGY

Fr. Pompeyo de Mesa, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

Nature of the Liturgy. Liturgy on the life of the Church. Principles of liturgical reform (Vatican II). Competent authority in the Liturgy. Liturgical law. Litrugy: hierarchical and communitarian action. Didactic and pastoral nature of the Liturgy. Brief history of the liturgy.

ITF P4: CATECHETICS

Sr. Analiza Hipolito, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

Introduction: What is Catechetics? Notions. Catechesis, evangelization. Who is the Catechist? His tasks, his role. Sources: Bible, Liturgy, Ecclesial Life, Rule of Faith. The transmission: Catechetical Pedagogy. The different steps in Catechetics. The persons responsible for the delivery of the catechetical message. History of Catechetics: Historical concerns. Analysis of the methods. Permanent and variable elements in Catechetics. Nature: The apostolic mission of the Church. The ecclesial community. The Finality. The object of Catechetics. Pastoral structures: Family, school, community.

ITF P5: CANON LAW

Fr. Romualdo P. Cabanatan, Jr., OP / Fr. Julius Paul Factora, OP / Fr. Jose Ma. B. Tinoko, OP
1 unit

Course descriptions

Introduction to the new Code of Canon Law. The People of God (who they are; canonical norms for and the grouping of God’s people: the hierarchy and the Church’s Episcopate). The Laity. The Universal Call to Holiness. The Religious (theological-canonical examination of Lumen Gentium and Prefectae Caritatis, pastoral). Social community regarding religious, the importance of men and women religious in diocesan apostolate.

ITF P6: MISSIOLOGY AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

Fr. Joseto N. Bernadas, OP
2 units

Course descriptions

The course analyzes the contemporary context of the Theology of Mission. It studies the Biblical foundations of Mission. The History of Christian Missions. The Church’s understanding of Mission from the early Missionary Era to Vatican II, and the Ecclesial Documents on Mission after Vatican II. It will also put emphasis on dialogue between religions: its nature and methods.

ITF C1: THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Sr. Maria Lirio L. Guillermo, AR
3 units

Course descriptions

This course covers the principles and different theories of human development. It will enhance students’ understanding of the different stages of human development. Fundamentally, students are accompanied in their own growth pacing and are helped in understanding changes that occur in the different stages of human development. This is being made possible through classroom discussions, presentations and interactions while exposing and training them to be well-founded on the different principles and theories of human development from pre-conception to conception, through the final stage of growth, which is death. The in-depth understanding of this course’s content allows the students to understand themselves, their families and the society which they are a part of. The theories and principles of human development also become their foundation in their everyday relational lives.

ITF C2: PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF TEACHING

Dr. Marcela Leus
3 units

Course descriptions

This course introduces prospective teachers to the complex nature of the science and art of teaching. It deals specifically with the general principles associated with effective teaching and the various processes of instructional planning: objectives specification, content selection, methods selection and determining appropriate learning events, materials and tools and assessment instruments.

ITF C3: MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION OF LEARNING

Dr. Marcela Leus
3 units

Course descriptions

A Competency based course on measuring and evaluating learning outcomes in various subjects in pre-school, elementary and secondary levels with emphasis on Religion and Christian Living. Focused is on the foundation knowledge and skills in planning an evaluation program, developing and constructing measuring instruments, both test and non-test processing, interpreting and reporting evaluation data. The students are expected to demonstrate the basic competencies in measuring and evaluating learning outcomes.

ITF C4: INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL MANAGEMENT

Sr. Maria Lirio L. Guillermo, AR
2 units

Course descriptions

A two-unit introductory course on effective school management, Provides insights and understanding on the art and science of school management. The course expects future school leaders to get acquainted with the different functions of the head/principal in the management of personnel, teachers, learners, curriculum, instruction and time.

ITF C5: PREACHING

Fr. Filemon I. dela Cruz, Jr., OP
1 unit

Course Description

This course is designed to initiate students into the fundamental elements of Christian preaching by introducing the students to the nature of preaching, its homiletic context. It also deals with the different theologies of preaching and hermeneutics.

ITF C6: GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

Sr. Maria Lirio L. Guillermo, AR
3 units

Course Description

This course covers the history and development of guidance and counseling. The importance of Guidance and Counseling in the different fields of work and states of life and Professionalization of Guidance Counselors in the Philippines will also be part of the study. Discussion, presentations, simple case study and case writing will be part of the course’s activities. In-depth study will be done by differentiating guidance from counseling and the different theories and principles that become the course’s foundation so that students are made aware as to the helping part of each (Guidance and Counseling). Thus this course is also of help to all helping professions and professionals.

ITF EDUC: FOUNDATION OF EDUCATION: HISTORICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL AND LEGAL FOUNDATIONS

Sr. Maria Lirio L. Guillermo, AR
3 units

Course description

This course focuses on the historical, philosophical and legal foundations of education. Current trends and issues of education will also be included as part of the course coverage. Thus, students’ knowledge about, commitment to and love for the teaching profession will be enhanced fully.