On the eve of the international world meeting of families, a symposium was held in Rome on Friday, entitled “Family – the nucleus of society and the Church on a small scale”. At the ceremony at the Augustinian Patristic Institute, along with the religious philosopher Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz, the speakers were the journalist Birgit Kelle, the bishop of Görlitz Wolfgang Ipolt and the professor of anthropology, Stephan Kampowski.
The symposium was organized by “Societas Theologiae Ecclesiasticae” (STE), which belongs to the German association “Fundation Christiana Virtus eV”.
According to STE, it is “committed to the objective dimension of theology; its point of reference is the truth revealed in Jesus Christ (Jn 14: 6). It is recognizable in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, interpreted by the authentic Magisterium and studied by theology. “
The Catholic TV channel EWTN.TV broadcast the event live and the footage of the symposium is available online.
Kampowski: “Sexuality and fertility are together”
In the first post, anthropologist Stephan Kampowski spoke of the family as “God’s plan.” According to Kampowski, the experience of marriage and family is so deeply rooted in humanity that “one has to ask how is it possible that such a fundamental reality in many contemporary societies is no longer perceived in essence, and legislation and jurisprudence give arbitrarily called” marriage ” and “family” to other types of relationships which, in themselves, have nothing to do with marriage and family traditionally used. “
The main feature of the sexual revolution is “the fundamental separation of sexuality from fertility,” the professor analyzed. “Can these kinds of sterile relationships – whether they consist of a man and a woman, a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, or even more than two partners – correspond to God’s plan “, further Kampowski asked and concluded:
“Therefore, according to his plan, there can only be this family that guarantees the future of society and the Church, and there can only be one, and it is the one that, due to its structure and nature itself, puts itself entirely at the service of life.”
Gerl-Falkovitz: “Fortunately different”
The philosopher of religion Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz analyzed the differences between the sexes in her lecture entitled “Fortunately different: man – woman – child.”
According to the philosopher, man and woman create “barriers of love”, and the child “born, not created” in this protected environment ultimately becomes an expression of this love.
Gerl-Falkovitz emphasized that the family reunification was not a self-abandonment. A man “becomes a man and a father only through a woman; a woman becomes a woman and a mother only through a man ”. The scientist added: “Persistence is fidelity, and fidelity is exclusivity because of the strength and uniqueness of the love experience as well as procreation and birth.”
Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz added literally:
“A woman does not detach from one, she is completely dissolved. It is divinely given to a man, it is the last gift of divine power for him, just as he is for her in turn; solving both, bringing both together is the ultimate creation event, it is the act of god, the act of origin that knows nothing “even better.”
Birgit Kelle: “Family in Europe Between Breakup and Future”
In her lecture on the future of the family in Europe, columnist Birgit Kelle criticized governments’ attempts to undermine the concept of the family. Kelle followed the activities of the European Union through LGBTI campaigns, promoting the so-called “Children’s rights” and attempts to transfer educational tasks to the state. trowel literally:
Sexual Rights. Children’s rights. Women’s rights. Reproductive rights. They share what we already feel in today’s exuberant politics of identity: although we are talking about individual diversity, it is strangely realized only by belonging to the supposedly right group. The group of “old white men” is the loser. On the other hand, people with exotic sexual preferences are winners of the spirit of the time. To be able to play upstairs. Some are just equals among equals. “
The journalist complained that the family as a collective is being ignored by politics. In the “eradication program” not only is the right to descent weakened, but the child is also degraded into a “buyable item.” Birgit Kelle said:
“Support for the traditional nuclear family does not need to be restored, we just need to remember its value. Not as a way to keep the old, but to keep the new. Because even modernity will not survive if we crush its demographic and financial pillars. And this is and remains the family ”.
Bishop Ipolt: “Don’t waste this precious treasure”
Bishop of Görlitz Wolfgang Ipolt was the last to speak at the family symposium. The theme of his contribution was pastoral care for the family, which, according to the bishop, should have a higher priority in proclaiming the Church. “Seeing and appreciating this is part of the pastoral mandate of every church worker,” said Ipolt. The ministry of priests and full-time pastors commissioned by the Church consists precisely in “encouraging and strengthening families – spouses and children – to live the faith and practice it in the family.”
In the pastoral care of families, priests more often “receive” than “give”, because both parties can stimulate each other. Bishop of Ipolt literally:
“We know that today there is an urgent need to re-appreciate both vocations and that the Church – as some debates on the” Synodal Way “in Germany show – must learn again not to waste this precious treasure, but to use it with confidence in her proclamation and concern for pastoral care “.
World Meeting of Families in Rome
The Tenth World Meeting of Families will be held in Rome in two weeks from June 22-26. The theme is “Family Love: Vocation and the Path to Holiness” and aims to end the Year of the Family that started last year (March 19, 2021) (read the analysis of the upcoming World Meeting of Families here).
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