The Veritas Amoris Project
focuses on the truth of love as a key to understanding the mystery of
God, the human person and the world, convinced that this perspective provides
an integral and fruitful pastoral approach.
The Project’s intellectual
patrimony has three pillars:
=> St. John Paul II’s theology of the body,
=> Pope Benedict XVI’s theology of love, and
=> Pope Francis’ pedagogy of love with its attention to human frailty.
The expression “truth of love” is
inspired by the work of Karol Wojtyła / John Paul II, who dwells repeatedly on
it, especially in his Love and Responsibility and in his Catecheses
on Human Love in the Divine Plan: “What does true love mean? It means a
love in which the true essence of love is realized, the love that turns to the
true (and not merely apparent) good in a true way, that is, the way that
corresponds to the nature of the good” (Love and Responsibility, Pauline, 66).
Paradigmatic for the Project’s content and method is Jesus’ dialogue with the Samaritan woman at the well, in which Jesus “addressed her desire for true love” (Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 294). In this way, he has made her capable of a new kind of action; he regenerated her as a moral subject in the synergy of grace and virtue, leading her to convert and to announce the Gospel to her fellow villagers (cf. Jn 4:28-29).
This Project sees the light of day at a time when a pandemic has called intoquestion the secure cultural framework on which we have relied in recent decades. But in this way, precisely this experience can remind us of the fact that at the basis of the life of each person and of society as a whole there is an original gift. The pandemic makes the question about the truth of love urgent, inasmuch as it is a question about the relationships that sustain life and allow us to reach the fullness of the common good. The Veritas Amoris Project takes into account this concrete historical situation in order to highlight the primacy of God, who is the ultimate foundation of our social bonds, and to ask about the word that the Church is called to give to illuminate this situation.
To articulate an adequate vision of the “truth of love,” the Veritas Amoris Project focuses on the following twelve theses:
Veritas Amoris Project
Ortiz holds a doctorate in Philosophy and is Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical Theological Institute John Paul II (Valencia) and at the Catholic University of Valencia "San Vicente Mártir". His publications belong to the areas of philosophical anthropology, ethics and foundations of bioethics, and philosophy of action.
is a physician, with a specialization in obstetrics and gynecology. He is an expert in Natural Fertility Regulation and a medical consultant of Natural Family Planning. He is one of the founders of “Camen” (Centro Ambrosiano Metodi Naturali) in 1978, of the “Centro di Aiuto alla Vita” of Vimercate in 1987, of the “Bottega dell'Orefice” in 1989 and of CICRNF in 1991. He has participated in the development and chaired the IEEF, the European body that associates the realities working in the field of NFP. He is the President of the Association Sintotermico Camen.
Alexandra Diriart, CSJ, is an extraordinary professor of “Family Spirituality and the Transmission of the Faith” at the Central Section of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family, Rome. She is also an invited professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), Rome and a member of the editorial board of the journal Nova et Vetera (Fribourg).
is a priest of the Archdiocese of Madrid, Spain, and Professor of Pastoral Theology of Marriage and the Family at the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute, Rome. He is Director of the Research Area in Moral Theology at the same Institute.
is a physician, psychiatrist, psychotherapist. She works in a Mental Health Center, ASL Rome. Former professor (from 2008 to 2019) in the Area of Psychology at the Pontifical Institute John Paul II for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome, she is married and the mother of two children.
holds a doctorate in theology and is professor of theology of marriage and family. He is the Superior General of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He is the author of numerous books.
has taught Special Moral Theology for 18 years, from 2002-2019, as Full Professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. He currently teaches Fundamental Moral Theology at the St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, CO. Among his publications: Gli enigmi del piacere: cibo, desiderio e sessualità [The Enigmas of Pleasure: Food, Desire and Sexuality] (2014); Il destino dell’eros [The Destiny of Eros. Perspectives of Sexual Morality] (2006). With L. Melina and J.J. Pérez-Soba, Camminare nella luce dell’amore. I fondamenti della morale cristiana [Walking in the Light of Love. The Foundations of Christian Morality] (2008). With R. & I. Ecochard, he edited Dizionario su sesso, amore e fecondità [Dictionary on Sex, Love; and Fruitfulness] (2019).
is professor of philosophical anthropology at the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences in Rome. Since 2012 he is also invited professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (Angelicum), Rome.
is Professor of the History of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology of the Sapienza University of Rome. He is president of the Scientific Committee of the Montessori Foundation Italy and Director of the Foundation's magazine, Mondo Montessori. He participates in the scientific committees of various international journals (Ethos, Revista Latino-Americana de Educacion Infantil, etc.).
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taught Applied Moral Theology for 10 years at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome until July 2019, after obtaining a Doctorate on the beauty of the virtue of chastity in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2009.
holds a doctorate in Theology. He is currently Professor of Moral Theology at the Seminary of Gwangju Catholic University in Naju, South Korea, and is a judge at the ecclesiastical court of the Jeonju Diocese, South Korea.
is a religious priest and a tenured professor of Fundamental Morals at the Theological Faculty of San Dámaso (Madrid). He presides over the Association “Person and Family” that is dedicated to the formation of families in the context of the pastoral care of the family in Spain.
is a medical doctor with specialization in endocrinology. He has been a priest since 2009. He obtained his doctorate in theology at the John Paul II Institute in Rome, dedicated to studies on marriage and the family, where he later also received a teaching assignment. He lectures at the Redemptor Hominis Pastoral Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University, in addition to his main responsibility as Head of Bioethics at the Children’s Hospital “Bambino Gesù” in Rome.
is a priest of the Diocese of Milan and Assistant Professor of Ethics of Life at the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences in Milan and lecturer of Religion at the Professional Training Center “In-Presa” in Carate Brianza, Italy. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery and obtained a Master in Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He obtained his Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Theological John Paul II Institute in Rome and Washington.
is an extraordinary professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Catholic Institute of Toulouse (France). From 2015 to 2020 she has been Vice-Dean of the Faculty. She specialized in the philosophical thought of Karol Wojtyła with a doctoral thesis entitled La voie de l’amour at Sorbonne-Paris IV University. She has published several articles concerning the thought of Karol Wojtyla / St. John Paul II.
is a priest and a founding member of the “Karol Wojtyła Academy.” He is the director of the Diocesan Pastoral Center for the Family in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia). In 2005 he obtained a licentiate in sacred theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome, with a thesis entitled: “The Gift of the Spirit and Spousal Love in the Catecheses of John Paul II on Human Love.”
is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, USA. His research and writing focuses on 4th-century understandings of the Trinity and the thought of St. Basil the Great.
PhD, has been a professor of systematic theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio (USA) since 2002. He received his doctorate in historical and systematic theology from The Catholic University of America in 2008. He has written on particular issues in ecclesiology, moral theology, and marriage and the family. His book, The Ideal Bishop: Aquinas’s Commentaries on the Pastoral Epistles, was recently published by CUA Press. He is blessed with a wife, eight children, and one grandchild.
is a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Zaragoza since 1996. He graduated in theology from the University of Salamanca, Spain, in 1995 and obtained a doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family Rome, Italy, in 2010. He is professor of Fundamental Moral Theology at the University of Navarra (2014-) and of Personalist Morals at the Center for Theological Studies of Aragon (CRET), in Zaragoza (2011-).
has been a priest of the Diocese of St. Pölten/Austria since 2000. He received his doctorate from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Lateran University in Rome. He is professor of moral theology and bioethics at the Hochschule Benedict XVI in Heiligenkreuz, Austria. In addition, he is diocesan family chaplain and diocesan judge. He is a speaker and member of the board of directors of the “Institut für Natürliche Empfängnisregelung Dr. med. Josef Rötzer e.V.”