Priorities - Department of Moral Theology
Dean Fr. Dariusz Kowalczyk, SJ
Director Fr. Diego Alonso-Lasheras, SJ
The figure of the Church held and proposed by Pope Francis - one rooted in the Second Vatican Council and modelled by his pastoral experience in Latin America - provides many stimuli to moral theology, inviting us to conceive this discipline within a People-oriented Church in dialogue with the peoples of the world. All of this shapes the priorities of our Department of Moral Theology.
- The Department welcomes the Magisterium of Pope Francis, and offers an interpretation of this teaching through interdisciplinary courses and public lectures and seminars inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, the Encyclical Letter Laudato sií and the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
- The Licentiate in Sacred Theology program takes into account, in particular, the issues of marriage and the family. Furthermore, our department offers a Diploma in Practical Theology with specialization in Family Ministry; licentiate students may follow the seminars of this Diploma.
- The Department also recognizes and integrates the course credits of those students who follow the Diploma in Safeguarding of Minors offered by the University's Institute of Psychology and the Joint Diploma in Integral Ecology.
The Magisterium of Pope Francis
An interdisciplinary team of professors of the University, coordinated by the Director of the Department, have published a book offering keys of interpretation for this programmatic document of Pope Francis (YŠŮez, H. M. (ed.), Evangelii gaudium: il testo ci interroga. Chiavi di lettura, testimonianze e prospettive, GBPress, Rome 2014).
The presentation of the book in the main hall of the university, held on the 21st October 2014, was presided over by Card. Lorenzo Baldisseri, and coordinated by Enzo Romeo. Card. Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Mgr Giancarlo Bregantini and Don Severino Dianich were the main speakers ( Purchase pdf).
wo other interdisciplinary groups of lecturers from our Department have* published books on environmental ethics and eco-theology, in light of the encyclical Laudato sií (Purchase pdf), and on issues surrounding the family, having followed the recent synods on this topic and the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (Purchase book/ebook).