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Church needs to explore Theology of the Family, says Vatican Official

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia speaks in Kerala, India

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, at the opening of a course for family pastoral experts held on Thursday in Changanassery, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, said the Church needs to explore the Theology of the Family, according to Vatican News.

Paglia, the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, inaugurated a  course on the pastoral care of families and has called for a renewed proclamation of the Gospel of the Family, saying the theological reflection on the subject remains insufficient.

The John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family organized the course.

 “Starting with the magisterium of Pope Francis and the great changes marking the present era .. theology is confronted with a new challenge, that of addressing the topic of the family in an adequate and renewed manner,” said Paglia.

“A comprehensive Theology of the Family, considered as a body of relationships, has not yet been completely explored, even though much study has been done on the husband-wife union and spousal love, along with numerous studies on marriage from a juridical-canonical perspective,” he said.

The new course aims to deepen the theology of marriage and restore the significance of the family as the locus of the Christian sacrament’s fruitfulness, according to Vatican News.

The goal is to explore the family not just as a consequence of marriage but as its development and extension into society, said Archbishop Paglia.

 He criticized the societal trend to “eliminate the difference between man and woman,” calling it a “loss for everyone.”

“The biblical message is clear: man and woman come from God and are inextricably linked to each other,” he said.

 “It is impossible for one to live without the other. The man-woman creaturely polarity is constitutive according to biblical humanism,” he said.

He reiterated the Church's indissoluble bond with her children, likening it to Christ's bond with the Church, highlighting God’s unconditional love for sinners.

On Friday,  Archbishop Paglia participated in the plenary assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) in Bangalore. 

He was also scheduled to speak on the implications of Artificial Intelligence for the Church and humanity.  (MTV)


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