My name is Matt and I am an aspiring moral theologian. I am currently undergoing doctoral studies in Christian Ethics / Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America.
The goal of this website is twofold. Firstly, I wish to develop the ability to explain theology to lay Catholics who are interested in learning it. Secondly, I hope to learn how to “translate” Catholicism, and ethics in particular, into language that a secular audience would find palatable.
With regard to the first goal, I have come across many interesting facts, teachings, and insights throughout the course of my theological studies that I think every Catholic should know about. Most, unfortunately, do not. There are a few reasons for this:
1) Catholic catechesis in the Western World has been downright disgraceful, especially for the past two generations.
2) Most people’s only source of theological information is in the weekly homilies that they hear in church. Homilies are primarily pastoral and spiritual in character. They also tend to be very short (despite what it may seem like on a hot July day). Since they rarely get intellectual (and understandably so) they are not a good source of theological information.
3) Most of the theology that is pertinent to today’s issues can only be found in books that are written in such a way that it is difficult for anyone who does not possess a theology degree to understand them.
So, in order to make theology more accessible to lay Catholics I have created this website. The posts will contain explanations of theological subjects that I think are worth learning about, and, since I am aspiring to be a moral theologian in particular, there will also be posts giving interpretations of current events etc. from the perspective of an orthodox Catholic moralist.
Since I hope to develop the ability to explain theology to people who have little to no formal education in the area, feel free to post comments on my entries. I appreciate the feedback.