Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.


  This course examines the Catholic tradition on those principles which comprise Church teaching on Fundamental Moral Theology.  These include:  the ultimate end of man,  freedom,  right and wrong, law, conscience and the passions.


The student will demonstrate a knowledge of:

The constant teaching of the Catholic Church of fundamental principles of moral theology.  These include the problem of the ultimate end,  moral responsibility, the nature of right and wrong, the passions, and the law and conscience.

  1. Reading  List:

Required Texts:  The Concise Summa, Thomas Aquinas, Christian Classics, 1997,  paperback  ISBN:  978-0870612107, $24.95

OR Summa Theologiae, Thomas Aquinas,  Internet

Both a Servant and Free, Brian Mullady, New Hope Publications, 2011 ISBN:  978-1-892875-53-2  Available from:,  $20.00 or from the Professor

Splendor of Truth¸ John Paul II, Pauline Books and Media, 1993, ISBN: 978-0819869647,  $6.95.

Conrad Baars, I Will Give Them a New Heart, Alba House, 2007, ISBN: 978-0818912450,  $18.95.

 Required CDs:  Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.  Fundamental Moral One:  The Rosary Center  $45.00

Recommended Texts;  Tour of the Summa, Leo Glenn (Tan Books);  "On the Question of a Formal Existential Ethics", Theological Investigations, I, Karl Rahner.  

  1.  Outline of Lectures


Part One:   Introduction to  Morals:  The difference between morals and nature

Week One:   Introduction  Human Psychology

     a.  The function of the emotions

     b. the function of the will

     c. the function of the intellect

     Reading:  Brian Mullady, Both a Servant and Free, xi-22;  CCC #1699-1715

Week Two:   What is Moral Theology?

  1. the nature of the science
  2. the sources of moral theology

     Reading:  Mullady, Both, 23-32

Week Three Human Happiness

     a. The Question of the Ultimate End

     b.  What beatitude is

     c. What is necessary for beatitude

     d.  How one arrives at beatitude

     Reading:  Aquinas, ST, III, 15;   Both, 33-54,  CCC 1716-1729

Part Two:  What is Moral?  The Question of the Freedom and Responsibility of the Human Act

Week Four The Question of the VoluntaryThe Subject in Morals

     a. What is the voluntary?

     b. How does it befit an image of God?

     c.  How do circumstances fit in?

     Reading:  ST III, 610; Both, 55-62


Week Five Limits to Freedom

        a. ignorance

        b. weakness

        c.  Violence

 There is no class on Wednesday or Thursday of this week as I must address the Catholic Medical Association

        d, Elicited and Imperated Acts of the Will

        e.  Is command an act of reason or will?

     Reading: ST, III, 1117; Both, 63-94

Week Six   Modern Problems in Morals

  1.  Objective morals
  2. Rahner
  3. Moderate Teleology
  4. Fundamental Option
  5. New Natural Law Theory

Reading:  Both, 95-112

 Part Three:  The Goodness and Evil of the Human Act

Week Seven  The Goodness and Evil of Human Acts

     a.  The Moral Determinants

     b.  Object

     c. Circumstances

     d. End

     e.  The Question of good or evil ex genere suo

     f.  Answer to Moderate Teleology

     Reading:  ST III, 18;  Veritatis Splendor;  Parts One and Two;  CCC #1776-1802;   CCC 1749-1756. Both, 113-136

Week Eight Midterm in Class

Week Nine The Nature of Law

        a. definition of law

        b. kinds of law

        c. nature of the natural law

        d. the Old Law

        e. The New Law of Christ

        Reading:  ST, I-II, 90-108;  CCC 1949-1974;  Veritatis Splendor, Parts Three and Four; Both, 147-172

Week Ten The Conscience

        a.  what is it?

        b.  erroneous and correct conscience

        c. doubtful and certain conscience

        d. antecedent and consequent conscience

        Reading:  ST, I-II, 19: 1-6; Both, 173-188


Week Eleven The Human Passions  and  Summary using Splendor of Truth, John Paul II

     a. The Subject of passions

     b.  The Different Passions

     c.  The Moral Character of the Passions

     d. The Order of the Passions

     e.  Summary using Splendor of Truth, John Paul II

     Reading:  ST, III, 2225; CCC 1762-1775;  Splendor of Truth,  John Paul II;

Both, 137-146

The rest of the semester please listen to the required CDS, study the corresponding lecture notes and read Conrad Baars, I Will Give Them a New Heart and seek to apply the principles taught in the class to the various articles therein.


 Final Examination written in specified examination time at the end of semester

Course Requirements:    midterm examination (1/4);  intelligent class attendance and participation (1/4);  final examination (1/2)

I do not have an office so I cannot have office hours.  You may contact me by phone at 510 459-4375 or Internet:  If you live on campus, you may make an appointment to see me in my room.  Please do not address class issues during meal or prayer times.  


Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; this is, it entails the use of another person merely as a means to another person’s ends.


Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.


Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required to be in class 3 hours a week and prepare for class discussions 4.5 hours a week. Expect to devote at least 7 quality hours a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

NB: An Incomplete may only be awarded to a student who has maintained a passing grade up to the point of the emergency. Incomplete grades will change to a grade of F unless the requirements stipulated on the incomplete form are met by the date listed.


You may reach me at I am here to help you. You can contact me at any time, but I travel a lot because I have a new job preaching parish missions and retreats. Sometimes, I am not within plugging distance of the Internet (believe it or not, there are still places like that), so you may not be able to contact me for a few days. I only take care of the papers and grading the tests. For dates about tests and other things, please contact Chris Apodaca, the Distance Learning Coordinator for Holy Apostles.

Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.


Fr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady is the son of an Air Force officer and was raised throughout the United States. He entered the Dominican Order in 1966 and was ordained in Oakland, California, in 1972. He has been a parish priest, high school teacher, retreat master, mission preacher, and university professor. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Angelicum University in Rome, Italy and was professor there for six years. He has taught at several colleges and seminaries in the United States. He is an academician of the Catholic Academy of Science. He was most recently a Professor of Theology at Campion College in San Francisco. He is currently a mission preacher and retreat master for the Western Dominican Province. He also teaches two months of the year at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He has had five series on Mother Angelica's EWTN television network. He is the author of two books and numerous articles and writes the Answer column in Homiletic and Pastoral Review.