Welcome to On Veritatis Splendor with Rev. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.
Thank you for enrolling in this course on Veritatis splendor, the core of the course is made up of sixteen video lectures. In addition, to each video lecture there are sixteen corresponding lessons with optional study questions and suggestions for further reading. You may view these sixteen lessons here. (These lessons are only required for those students taking this course for College credit through their accrediting institution.)
The course examines the St. John Paul II’s use of the story of Christ’s encounter with the rich young man to discuss some of the basic concepts of moral theology, and to honor Vatican II’s call for moral theologians to use the Scriptures pervasively and not just to cite biblical passages out of context for the confirmation of ethical positions arrived at by other means. The course also reviews the insights of John Paul II about four major areas of concern: freedom and law, conscience and truth, the proper way to provide a moral analysis of a deliberate human act, and the role of teleology in moral matters. These lectures call attention to the distinctions that Veritatis splendor makes between authentic and inauthentic notions of freedom, conscience, the moral object, and teleology.
Finally, these lectures consider the pastoral dimensions of Veritatis splendor. In particular it examines Pope John Paul II’s reflections on holiness and martyrdom, in the service of the truths about morality. Throughout this series of lectures, there is an effort to define important terms, to show the patterns of the pope’s arguments, and to bring out the significance of the encyclical’s reflections for understanding the distinctively Catholic position in moral theology.