Virtues in the Ethics of Life: Workshop Pontifical Academy

1425433258-virtues_ethics_life-300x201“Through the use of reason, the human person is capable of recognizing both the profound and objective dignity of his own being, and the ethical requirements that derive from it. In other words, man can discern in himself the value and the moral requirements of his own dignity. It is a discernment that entails a discovery open to further refinement following the coordinates of the “historicity” that are typical of human knowledge” (Address of John Paul II to the participants in the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, 27 February 2002).

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Panser la Société : Comment Agir en Faveur d’une Culture de Vie

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Pour ne pas en rester au constat d’une société blessée, qui se désagrège faute de repères vitaux, chacun a besoin de prendre sa place dans la construction d’une nouvelle culture de vie. Un cycle, proposé par « l’Université de la Vie » répond à une attente souvent exprimée : Que faire ?  Se former pour agir ! L’Université de la Vie est un cycle de formation en bioéthique organisé par Alliance VITA. Elle propose de parcourir et d’approfondir sur plusieurs soirées les enjeux actuels de la bioéthique pour agir au service de la vie.

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France: Les journées de Bioéthique – ‘A la Gloire du Corps’

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Une rencontre organisée par Bioéthique et Vie humaine en lien avec Amour et Vérité, fondé en 1980 par la Communauté de l’Emmanuel (Eglise Catholique) pour le service des couples, des familles et de la vie. Dans un dialogue ouvert avec les humanistes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, Bioéthique et Vie humaine a pour vocation de réfléchir au respect de la vie, à la lumière de la raison et de la foi catholique.

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Study Guide on Humanae Vitae

humanevitaestudyguideThis study guide, written by the Priests and Pastoral Associates of Priests for Life, contains the text of the Encyclical itself (Humanae Vitae, On Human Life, written by Pope Paul VI in 1968) along with commentary and study questions. Great for personal or group use and also a great resource for Pre-Cana classes.

You can order this guide here.

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Ethical and Missionary Formation of Medical Students in Kerala, India

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According to the Medical Council of India (MCI), there are 412 medical colleges with 49,840 seats every year (July 28, 2015). In other words, at any given point of time, nearly 0.25 million medical students are studying in the medical college campuses of India. Unlike in the west, in India, along with issues related to poverty, there are multiple languages, religions, and cultures. In spite of all the technological advances, there are still lots of people who do not have access to even essential healthcare, in India. Therefore, in addition to ethical practice of medicine, students and doctors need to be sensitized on the need for distributive justice in healthcare. It is easier to foster these values when they are young, especially during their medical education period. St John’s Medical College, Bangalore, under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) and CMC Vellore, under the Protestant network, give some amount of training for their medical students on ethical practice and missionary commitment. Most of the other medical colleges in India do not give much attention for the ethical formation of the students.

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7th IACB International Colloquium, June 25 – July 2, 2015, Montréal Canada

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Promoting Mental Health and Wellness

Ethical and Religious Perspectives Informing the Care of People who Experience Human Limitations and Suffering

Topics of discussion:

Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia: Physicians and other health care workers are increasingly being asked to provide assistance in suicide or euthanasia to people experiencing mental illness and existential and spiritual distress.

Promoting resilience in individuals and families who face adversity, human limitations and suffering: Mental illnesses and addictions are not well understood or discussed in many religions, while religious perspectives on wellness and human flourishing are seldom taken seriously in mental health care and promotion. Increasingly, individuals and families lack resources to be resilient in facing adversity, human limitations, and suffering. This has devastating effects on individuals, particularly young adults, and families and often leads to negative societal and inter-generational effects.

Keynote Presenters: David A. Jones and Neil Weir, Warren Kinghorn, Alexandre A. Martins, Andrew Sodergren, Daniel P. Sulmasy, Paulina Taboada, Bernadette Tobin, Michael Vertin, Bill and Lindsay Watson, Jos Welie.

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Mastère en théologie du corps

instdetheolducorpsLa Théologie du corps renouvelle totalement le regard que l’Eglise porte sur la réalité du corps et de la sexualité. A partir d’une approche personnaliste du corps fait pour le don elle chasse défintivement du discours de l’Eglise toute tentation de pessimisme à ll’égard de la sexualité et prouve que l’Eglise a aujourd’hui autre chose  à proposer qu’une morale rigoriste et dépassée.

Développée par Jean-Paul II à travers 129 catéchèses délivrées au début de son pontificat lors des audiences générales du mercredi sur plus de cinq années, elle constitue le plus vaste enseignement pontifical sur un même sujet de toute l’histoire de l’Eglise. Mises bout à bout, ces catéchèses constituent un ensemble de près de 700 pages de texte. L’élaboration du programme du “Mastère en théologie du corps” est maintenant achevée. 

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