Marriage and Orders

crosslisted as DL2141C/3141C

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


second level
  • two 500-word tutorial papers 2 x 10%
  • one 2,500-word essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 30%
third level
  • two 500-word tutorial papers 2 x 10%
  • one 3,000-word essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%


  • Elliott, Peter J. What God Has Joined: The Sacramentality of Marriage. New York: Alba House, 1990.
  • John Paul II. Familiaris Consortio. Apostolic Exhortation, 1982.
  • ———. 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.
  • Nichols, Aidan. Holy Order: The Apostolic Ministry from the New Testament to the Second Vatican Council. Oscott Series 5. Dublin: Veritas, 1990.
  • 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.