Marriage and Orders

crosslisted as DL9141C

Very Rev. Denis Stanley EV Semester 2, 2020
Thursday 10.00am – 1.00pm
In the life of the Church these two sacraments are called “sacraments of service.” The unit will study the scriptural foundations of the Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders and their subsequent theologies as they emerged in the history of the Catholic Church. Attention will be given to the Scholastic period and the Reformation and the Catholic response formulated in the Council of Trent. A contemporary theology of the Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders will be developed through a study of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and the magisterium of recent popes. A particular focus of the unit will be the nature of the relationship between these sacraments and the life and vocation of the Catholic Church as a whole.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August




face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 1,000-word tutorial paper on Marriage 15%
  • one 1,000-word tutorial paper on Orders 15%
  • one 2,500-word essay on Marriage 35%
  • one 2,500-word essay on Orders 35% 


  • Dulles, Avery R. The Priestly Office: A Theological Reflection. New York: Paulist, 1997.
  • Elliott, Peter J. What God Has Joined: The Sacramentality of Marriage. New York: Alba House, 1990.
  • Irwin, Kevin W. The Sacraments: Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology. New York: Paulist, 2016.
  • John Paul II. Pastores Dabo Vobis: I Will Give You Shepherds. Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, 1992.
  • Kasper, Walter. Theology of Christian Marriage. Translated by David Smith. London: Burns & Oates, 1980.
  • O’Collins, Gerald, and Michael K. Jones. Jesus Our Priest: A Christian Approach to the Priesthood of Christ. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Olsen, Glenn W., ed. Christian Marriage: A Historical Study. New York: Crossroad, 2001.
  • Osborne, Kenan B. Priesthood: A History of the Ordained Ministry in the Roman Catholic Church. New York: Paulist, 1988.
  • Schillebeeckx, Edward. Marriage: Human Reality and Saving Mystery. Translated by N. D. Smith. 2 vols. London: Sheed & Ward, 1965.
  • Wood, Susan K. Sacramental Orders. Lex Orandi. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000.