Healing the Deep Wounds in the Soul of Europe - Moral Relativism
Dr. Vincent Twomey
( The introduction is by Tracey McClure and the
interview conducted by Michael Kelly - Courtesy of Vatican Radio,
English Section, 00120 Vatican City State )
REDISCOVERING THE SOUL OF EUROPE
Annual Conference 7th-8th of October
.. from the Youth 2000 website ..
John Paul II set up Pontifical Institutes for Studies in Marriage
and the Family and Bio Ethics, he decided to make the announcement
on the Feast day of Our Lady of Fatima On 13th of May. Just
before he could do so, however, at 5.19 pm, the Holy Father
was shot by Mehemit Ali Agca. The attempted assassination
delayed the process until the Feast day of Our Lady of the
Rosary in the following year, Oct 7th. On that occasion the
Pope entrusted the Institute to the care of Our Lady of Fatima,
to whose intercession he attributed his miraculous survival
on the day the Institute was to have been born, the anniversary
of her first apparition. Since then Sessions of the Institute
(which is based in the Lateran, Rome), have spread around
the world and have been instrumental in influencing public
debate and policy in the area of Marriage, Family and Life
issues and counteracting in a most beautiful and positive
way the Culture of Dissent in much of Catholic Academia. The
one in Washington being very successful. The Irish Session
only lasted from 2000 to 2003, yet so affected were many of
the graduates by the formation they received that they continue
in their own way to keep the vision alive through the annual
JPII Society Conference. The purpose of which is to give many
others a taste of what we received: where Scripture, Theology,
Philosophy and the Human Sciences come together in a beautifully
symphony of the Truth.
Think about how marriage and the family and the human person
is under attack. If you cannot win the battle of ideas, of
minds, you cannot win hearts. The Conference organized for
All Hallows, Drumcondra, Dublin3 , Oct 7th and 8th is about
challenging society to face up to the reality that Europe
is in Crisis.
It literally is losing its soul because it does not want
more souls. Human life is contracepted and aborted to such
an extent that Europe is literally dying. Ireland must not
follow the same self destructive path, instead it must lead
Europe to rediscovering its Soul.
Our new Holy Father, Pope Benedict has correctly identified
the recovery of the Faith in Europe as of great urgency. The
theme of the Conference addresses that reality, thus the Title
‘Rediscovering the Soul of Europe’. The conference
will be addressed by Rev Dr Vincent Twomey, of Maynooth, who
did his Doctorate under Professor Joseph Ratzinger, the Present
Pope. Also among the speakers will be, John Waters, Irish
Times Columnist and writer who has studied John Paul II’s
Theology of the body. The Conference is open to all, those
who have the faith, those who are on the journey back, as
well as those who just want to ‘come and see’
and are open to the Truth.
It says in the Holy Bible ‘Without vision the People
perish’, (Prov). A new Vision for Europe must be Christ
Centered only then can we have culture of Life and a civilization
of Love. Rather than perishing, our Continent will once again
become fruitful, prosperous and happy.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
.. and from the Family and Life website ..
The John Paul II Society, whose members are past students of the now closed JPII Institute of Ballina, Co Mayo, is hosting a conference in October. It is entitled Rediscovering the Soul of Europe, and will open on Friday evening, October 7, at 7.0 pm at All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, and continue for the whole day of Saturday, October 8.
Among the speakers will be Rev Dr Vincent Twomey, moral theologian at Maynooth College, John Waters, journalist at The Irish Times and The Voice Today, Dr Liz Holmes, sociologist, Dr Bernadette Flanagan, psychologist, very much in the Paul Vitz school of psychology, Martin Clynes, professor of genetics at Dublin City University, Rev Dr Kevin Doran, Bishops Conference spokesman on bioethics, Stratford Caldecott, director of the Oxford Chesterton Institute, Fr Jim Moore MA, graduate of JPII Institute and a curate of the Diocese of Cloyne.
Conference Fee: ¤70 including beverages and Saturday lunch. Lunch limited to the first 200 bookings. Fee for Saturday only without lunch: ¤50
Postal bookings: JPII Society Conference, c/o Youth 2000 office, Aras Treasa, 5 Coppinger Row, Clarendon St, Dublin 2.
Phone bookings: 087 982 7643 (Mark); 087 2996665 (Martin); 01 6753690 (Claire)