The Catholic Church’s teachings on morality suggest that God wants us to lead a life that is good. But what does a ‘good life’ look like and what role has Scripture played in the development of this teaching? This course focuses on the changing role of Scripture in the moral teaching of the Church and explores how moral thinking developed in the early Church. Using passages such as The Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’ Great Commandment of loving one’s neighbour as oneself, we will explore just how relevant and urgent these teachings are in our changing world today.
Though originally schooled in Computer and Information Science, completing a Bachelor of Science degree in 1998, Joe Tedesco turned to theological studies soon after, completing bachelor and masters level degrees in theology from UNDA and Murdoch University. These studies focused on various areas of theology including theological anthropology and biblical theology. While studying, Joe was involved in various ministry programs that allowed him to exercise his passion in faith formation aimed primarily at youth and young adults – presenting various talks and seminars at conferences and in parish settings. More recently, Joe has been involved in teaching introductory level theology at the University of Notre Dame to students of various ages and backgrounds, something he has now been involved in for 10 years. Currently he is also working on a thesis focusing on ‘Wisdom Literature’ and its relationship to moral theology. Along with his wife of 16 years and two young children, his life remains very vibrant and full.