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Amoris Laetitia between New Opportunities and New Paths

Online registrations open for the International Conference of Moral Theology for Amoris Laetitia Family Year - Pontifical Gregorian University
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The Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family are organizing in Rome, an international conference of moral theology: Pastoral Practices, Life Experience, and Moral Theology: Amoris Laetitia  Between New Opportunities and New Paths, from May 11-14, 2022. The Conference aims to respond to the request of the Dicastery for the Laity, for the Family and Life, to support the announcement of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year, declared by Pope Francis on the 5th anniversary of the Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family.

Online registration is open through April 30:

Amoris Laetitia offers an overview based on the evangelical and traditional criteria of the Church which has a tremendous sense of humanity. Taking on the reality of the present world, it offers a realistic and suitable family pastoral agenda. In fact, one of the fundamental aspects of Amoris Laetitia is the relationship between pastoral practices and moral theology. This approach, starts from within an ecclesial horizon and is also ready to re-think theological and moral issues in a constructive dialogue with human experience.

In the conviction that the Pontiff’s magisterium, and especially Amoris Laetitia, open up to us significant prospects even for moral theology, this gathering of theologians from the four continents and the main Roman universities proposes to examine in depth the requests, insights and perspectives that the papal document offers us to update moral theology. 

In this spirit, the choice of speakers and discussants aims to guarantee the presence of a variety of different voices from a cultural and geographical point of view, and to ensure a proportionate presence of lay people, religious men and women, married men and women, all gathered in an attitude of hearing and dialog in searching of moral truth.

The decision to leave one hour at the end of each day for the presentations of works and documents by the participants aims to promote interdisciplinary research, to gather research in progress, and to discuss proposals that arise from the reception of the document.

Our common commitment is to walk in the path opened by Pope Francis to a synodal and plural Church, by offering our specific contribution as theologians, both male and females The Conference will include an audience with the Pontiff on Friday morning, May 13.

31 March 2022