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:

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Eduardo Ortiz 

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.

Michele Barbato

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. 

For further information see www.camen.org

Alexandra Diriart

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).

Juan José Pérez-Soba

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.

Monika Grygiel

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.

Image 1: 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. 
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Livio Melina

Livio Melina is a moral theologian. From 1996-2006 he has been ordinary professor of moral theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome, serving as its President from 2006-2016. At the Institute he has founded and directed the International Research Area in Moral Theology. He is an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology and has been the Scientific Director of the academic journal Anthropotes. He has been visiting professor in Washington DC and Melbourne and has given courses and lectures at various international universities.

For his curriculum with bibliography, click here.

Stanisław Grygiel 

is Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Anthropology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome. Since 2004 he has been Director of the Karol Wojtyła Chair at the same Institute. Born in Poland, in the 1960s he pursued his doctorate in philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin under the direction of Karol Wojtyła. In the years 1963-1980 he was director of the monthly magazine Znak in Krakow, and from 1970 to 1980 he was professor of philosophy at the Pontifical Theological Academy in Krakow. He co-founded the quarterly magazine Il Nuovo Areopago, of which he was editor-in-chief until 2002. He has lived in Rome since 1980.

José Granados

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.  

For his curriculum see here.

José Noriega

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). 

For his extended curriculum click here.

Stephan Kampowski

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. 

Consult his personal website here.

Furio Pesci

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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Oana Maria Gotia

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. 

Her full curriculum can be found here.

Giuseppe San Yong Kim

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.

Jarosław Merecki

is a priest of the religious Congregation Societas Divini Salvatoris. He studied theology and philosophy in Poland and Lichtenstein, and then obtained his doctorate at the Catholic University of Lublin under the direction of Tadeusz Styczeń. After several years as a researcher at the same University, in 2001 he came to Rome as a professor at the John Paul II Institute, dedicated to studies on marriage and the family. Since 2000 he has been Vice-director of the journal Ethos and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Wojtyła Research Chair at the John Paul II Institute.

Juan de Dios Larrú

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. 

Luigi Zucaro

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.

Alberto Frigerio

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.

Aude Suramy

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.

See her curriculum here.

Marek Iskra 

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.”

Stephan Hildebrand

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.

Michael Sirilla

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. 

Daniel Granada

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-). 

For his curriculum click here.

Tracey Rowland

is the St John Paul II Chair of Theology at the Notre Dame University in Sydney Australia. In 2001 she was appointed the Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne, a position she held until 2017. She is a member of the International Theological Commission and the author of six books, the most recent one being: Portraits of Spiritual Nobility (New York: Angelico Press, 2019). In 2020 she has been awarded the Ratzinger Prize.

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Helmut Prader

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.”

Stefano Salucci

is a priest of the Diocese of Pescia, where he is responsible for the Pastoral ministry of the Family and a Parish Priest. From 2013 to 2020 he taught at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome, where he also served as Secretary of the International Research Area in Sacramental Theology. He is currently Lecturer in Sexual Morality and Theology of Marriage at the Interdiocesan Theological School "Mons. E. Bartoletti" in Pisa and in Sexual Morality at the Institute of Higher Religious Studies "S. Caterina da Siena" of Tuscany.

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Florence Kabala

Sr. Dr. Florence Kabala is a Head of Department of Moral Theology, a senior lecturer of moral Theology and Family Pastoral Theology at Tangaza University College (Nairobi-Kenya). She is a visiting lecturer of Moral and Family Pastoral Theology at Utume Salesian Theological college in Nairobi - Kenya, A Council member of Pontifical John Paul II Institute representing JPII Institute project in AMECEA and Anglophone Africa. She is also an executive board member of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops- Family life Commission. 

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