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).
The perspective of the truth of
love helps us to overcome the subjectivism of a love without truth, by which
the only criterion for one’s action is the authenticity of one’s emotions. It
also allows us to overcome the objectivism of a truth without love, which
simply imposes external rules on human freedom. The old paradigm pits up
=> emotivism against intellectualism,
=> the subjective against the objective,
=> the internal conscience against the external law.
Instead, this new paradigm, in consonance with the foundational principles of the Catholic Tradition, proposes a logic of love that, in its very manifestation, carries within itself the criteria of its truth.
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
Saint John Paul II, taken from L. Grygiel – S. Grygiel – P. Kwiatkowski, Bellezza e spiritualità dell’amore coniugale. Con un inedito di Karol Wojtyła, Cantagalli, Siena 2009.
Image 2: Paradigm shift concept, Shutterstock.com ID: 84689764 by B Calkins.
Image 3: Smiling diverse female colleagues wearing protective face masks, Shutterstock.com ID: 1703999134 by Fizkes.
Image 4: Politicians or corporate officers sitting at round table, Shutterstock.com ID: 1186499143 by Iconic Bestiary.