Fundamental Moral Theology

Moral Theology at Fribourg 

Moral Theology is the part of theology that studies of human acts under the light of human reason and divine revelation with the goal of ordering these acts toward the loving vision of God as the full and true beatitude and ultimate end of the human person attained by grace, the virtues and the gifts.

Servais Pinckaers, o.p.
Sources of Christian Ethics


The Thomistic Tradition at Fribourg


Contemplari et ‘contemplata aliis tradere’
Contempler et ‘transmettre aux autres ce qu'on a contemplé’
Thomas d’Aquin
Summa theologiae II-II 188.6


Saint Thomas Aquinas is a truth “master of thought and a model of the right way to do theology” (John Paul II, Fides et ratio, n. 43). “Without doubt, Thomas possessed supremely the courage of the truth, a freedom of spirit in confronting new problems, the intellectual honesty of those who allow Christianity to be contaminated neither by secular philosophy nor by a prejudiced rejection of it” (Paul VI, Lumen Ecclesiæ, n. 8). The holder of the chair of fundamental moral theology pursues, both in his research and in his teaching, a tradition of studying the texts and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas as a means of engaging and clarifying contemporary concerns.

By means of this emphasis on St. Thomas Aquinas and the tradition that flows from his thought, the teachers of fundamental moral theology contribute in a unique way to promoting one of the three research priorities of the Faculty of theology at the University of Fribourg: theology in the Dominican Tradition.


Systematic Theology (a collaboration between Dogmatic and Moral Theology)

The two chairs of Moral Theology (Prof. Sherwin and Prof. Collaud) work in close collaboration with the two chairs of Dogmatic Theology (Prof. Emery and Prof. de La Soujeole) and upon the foundations provided by the chairs of Biblical and Patristic (Church History) to help us (ourselves and our students) have a coherent and holistic vision of the mysteries of salvation and of the Christian life, as rooted in the mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation.