The Ten Commandments: Case Studies in Catholic Morality is a single source that summarizes Catholic teaching around the Ten Commandments. Thirty case studies related to real-life issues and dilemmas addressed by each commandment make up the heart of this text and remind students of the central importance of the Ten Commandments as a source for moral decision-making along with contemporary ways the Commandments can be applied in their own lives.
The text addresses both every day issues of morality faced by teens, such as cheating on exams, using alcohol and drugs, sex before marriage—along with wider and new societal issues including the use of embryonic stem cells for medical research, responsibility for environmental problems, and the proper use of money.
The Ten Commandments: Case Studies in Catholic Morality is intended as an ancillary resource for students to accompany their study of Catholic morality. The text is a helpful partner to any theology class to help students review current applications of the Ten Commandments. The book is also applicable as a resource for teens participating in a high school youth ministry program.
Eileen Flynn is a professor of theology at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. She received a doctorate in moral theology from Fordham University in 1982. She has taught at St. Peter’s since 1981 and has been a full-time professor there since 1994. Among the courses she regular teaches is a foundational course in Catholic morality for undergraduates titled “Christian Morality Today.” She was awarded bene merenti status in 2001 in recognition of her outstanding service of twenty years.
Flynn is the author of numerous books and articles, most involving contemporary moral issues and Church response to them. They have universally been praised for their organization, accessibility, and comprehensiveness.