Summer 2, 2024

Contact [email protected] for information and our early-bird registration and other important information.

Take time to study in Summer 2!

  • Two intensive classes are offered from July 2 – 19, 2024 in the morning and afternoon.
  • Course work to take place until mid/late August.  

There are different ways to participate in these courses:

  • Take them for credit
  • Audit them or
  • Take it as part of the Continuing Education Certificate in Theology

You can study virtually or in person.


July 2-19:

THEO 531: Catholic Bioethics with Rev. Dr. Mark Miller, C.Ss.R.

Monday / Wednesday / Fridays, except July 2 which is Tuesday Mornings

8:30 AM – Noon

This can be an elective for the master’s programs!


A graduate course focusing on Catholic moral reasoning and the Church’s communal discernment concerning clinical ethics for health care. It will examine the foundational principles of Catholic moral reasoning, similarities to and differences with secular ethics, and applications for the provision of ethical health care. It will demand the reading and appropriation of key texts by moral theologians and the Magisterium, review practical case studies, and assist students to research and argue moral points of view.


  1. To understand the synchronicity and differences between secular and Catholic bioethics.
  2. To learn a respect for different systems of ethics
  3. To understand deeply the Catholic foundations for moral discernment
  4. To grasp the supportive role of Magisterial teaching on moral issues as a communal
  5. response to challenging moral issues.
  6. To understand the practical ramifications of clinical ethics (i.e., within the healthcare
  7. system, often at the bedside) compared to academic ethics
  8. To encourage some students to see a possible career in clinical ethics


July 2-19:

THEO 585b: Selected Topics in Theology with Dr. John Martens

 Themes in Catholicism and Inter-religious Studies

Afternoons: 1  – 4:30 PM

This can be a concentration course in many of the programs!


Since Nostra Aetate and Vatican II, the question of inter-religious understanding and dialogue has become a major concern for Catholics and Catholic theology. Globalization has made inter-religious understanding and dialogue unavoidable, since now the world’s religions have more regular contact with one another, and interreligious understanding and dialogue has become urgent due to the numerous wars and conflicts in which religion often plays a role. In Canada, sensitivity to Indigenous religion and spirituality has also become a foremost concern in Truth and Reconciliation dialogue.

This course will survey some historical interactions of Christians with non-Christian religions and cultures as the Christian faith spread throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and beyond, but will focus most of its attention on the 20th and 21st centuries and will explore issues in the Theology of Religions and Comparative Theology.

We will survey positions such as theological inclusivism, exclusivism, and pluralism. In addition, we will examine not just theological positions, but practical engagement with our neighbours by looking at new works of interfaith and interreligious studies such as Hans Gustafson’s Everyday Wisdom: Interreligious Studies in a Pluralistic World, and Rabbi Rachel Mikva’s Interreligious Studies: An Introduction, as well as works by Eboo Patel, Francis Clooney, SJ, and Raimon Pannikar.


  1. To become acquainted with Christianity’s encounter with other religions throughout the centuries;
  2. To survey the teaching of the Catholic Church with respect to other religions, including but not limited to soteriological considerations;
  3. To examine theoretical positions such as theological inclusivism, exclusivism, and pluralism;
  4. To gain appreciative knowledge of knowledge of multiple religious traditions;
  5. To understand the problems that come up in religiously pluralistic contexts, including religious conflicts, as well as the benefits that have come from religious pluralism and interreligious understanding;
  6. To know the lived reality of religious pluralism in Canada and to provide students with
  7. conceptual tools from multiple disciplines that can help students deal in interdisciplinary ways with the challenges of a religiously pluralistic society.


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