11B – Conscience, Morality and Values

  1. Ethics in General

    What do we mean by the term ‘ethics’ and how do they affect our everyday lives?

    Professor Incandela’s “Catholic Social Thought” Online Resources has a section of links on important ethical concepts, and Christian ethics.

    14 Moral Dilemmas – What would you do if…

    A series of lessons around making moral decisions includes worksheets for ethical decision making.

  2. Conscience

    ‘Follow your conscience’. We hear the statement a lot but do we know what it really means?

    The Catholic Catechism teaching on the moral conscience lying at the heart of humankind.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia explains the meaning of conscie.ce.

    Catholic Teaching on Conscience and Dissent.

    The principle of respect for freedom of conscience and religion as well as the principle of equality among citizens.

  3. Church and Morality

    The Catholic Church helps us form our conscience by giving guidance around good choices.

    Veritatis Splendor is  John Paul’s letter regarding certain fundamental moral questions of Church teaching.

    The Consistent Ethic of Life is the New Zealand Bishops’ Conference letter about life issues.

  4. The 10 Commandments

    Christian values are based on the Ten Commandments and on the words and actions of Jesus.


    • Love the Lord your God and love your neighbour as yourself
    • Do not take the name of the Lord in vain
    • Keep holy the Sabbath day
    • Honour your father and mother
    • You shall not kill
    • You shall not commit adultery
    • You shall not steal
    • You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour
    • You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife
    • You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods

    The 10 Commandments are divided into two sections
    Love God – the first three commandments.
    Love People – the other seven commandments.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia sees the Commandments as bearing on the fundamental obligations of religion and morality.

    quick 10 question on line quiz about the 10 Commandments.

  5. Some Moral Issues Today

    What are some of the moral issues faced by people today?

    Mass Media ethics – some very good class notes.

    The Animal Freedom Website exchanges ideas about animal rights and about legal ways to end factory farming.

  6. Support Resources for Achievement Standards

    If you are being assessed in your knowledge and understanding of the topic Conscience, Morality and Values through Achievement Standards, you may find the following resources useful.


    Remember that these are resources that may fit the generic topic of a standard.  You will need to read the actual standard in question and the assessment task that your school has set. Discuss your planned response with your teacher.


    Achievement Standards require you to present clear and accurate information using a range of detail and reasons as well as using a range of examples to support your answer. You will need to describe key ethical principles of a religious tradition and how these ethical principles are applied to an issue.


    FaithCentral would love to know about sites that you have found useful in your preparation for assessment to any achievement standard.  We are also keen to know what you would find helpful to have on FaithCentral. Contact us at ncrs@tci.ac.nz with any ideas.