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  • 1. Apply a model of decision making to one moral issue, which includes a properly formed conscience, and the application of Scripture and Church teaching
    The Application
  • 2. Informed Conscience
    1798: A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. Everyone must avail himself of the means to form his conscience.
    Catechism of the Catholic Church
    The key here is the last sentence, this means that we have the responsibility to find out enough information to make the right decision. It is also important to know the position of the Catholic Church on this issue.
  • 3. Task:
    Using Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development, students to respond to the scenarios found in the links below.
    Students are to select two films and one article. The films are to be processed first as a class from the options below.
    You are to:
    Define the issue being addressed.
    Find out what information is required to make an informed conscience.
    Using this information, create responses from people in a minimum of three different stages of moral development (for each scenario).
    Justify why these people chose this course of action.
    Complete this process for all three scenarios
  • 4. Example:
    American Gangster
    Identify the Issue – Acting Justly
    What information is required? (Think about the stages you are working on)
    Who does the money belong to?
    What is the punishment for stealing money that is known to be stolen?
    What is the likelihood of being caught?
    What is the common thing to do? (What is everyone else doing?)
    Do I need the money?
    Is the money mine?
    What reference to scripture is there to guide people?
    What might happen if I take it?
  • 5. Example cont.
    Responses: (if you do this film, you cannot select these two stages)
    Stage 2 – Self interest driven (what’s in it for me?)
    The money is there, no one will know that I have taken it. I want it, there are many things that I want and I can’t afford them on my salary. I take the money and I will be able to buy the things that I want.
    Stage 3 – Conformity driven (what do others do?)
    As a policeman, other policemen are stealing money and taking bribes. The money is dirty (stolen, gotten from criminals) and if I report it, none of the crooked cops will trust me. I take the money
  • 6. Movies
    American Gangster
    The 6th Day
    Remember The Titans
    Rabbit Proof Fence
  • 7. Articles