A unique resource for use in Catholic secondary schools and parish religious education or youth ministry programs, providing concrete ways for teenagers to learn about, apply, and make choices about a number of current and practical moral issues. Tough Choices: Bringing Moral Issues Home offers innovative ways for teens and their parents to share and discuss these dilemmas. Though applicable in several different courses and programs, the basic approach is for a teacher, catechist, or youth minister to assign a moral dilemma to be taken home, read, and discussed with their parents using the questions that accompany each. Among the issues covered in Tough Choices: Bringing Moral Issues Home are those in the areas of:
- Capital Punishment
- Child Abuse/Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
Each of the issues listed above are prefaced by a general overview of the issue, providing the teacher some needed background to help introduce discussion. Another section summarizes the Catholic Church teaching on each of these issues.Tough Choices: Bringing Moral Issues Home is a perfect complement to any high school theology course or youth ministry program. Moral dilemmas can be assigned based on their correlation to topics being covered in the curriculum, issues that arise in the school or among the teen’s peer group, current events, or in many other situations specific to the particular school or parish.
Sean Lynch is assistant principal for faculty and student formation at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He holds a master of education degree from the University of Notre Dame where he served as associate director of educational outreach at the Alliance for Catholic Education’s Institute for Educational Initiatives from 2001 to 2003.
Father Brian O’Brien was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa on May 26, 2007. Originally from the Houston suburb of Kingwood, Texas, O’Brien attended Boston College, graduating in 1998 with a degree in theology and political science. He earned a master’s in education through the University of Notre Dames Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program in 2000.