The conferences about the theology of the body have a history. Our third conference presented here builds on the purpose and results of the first two meetings in 2011 and 2014.
Love, Body and Passion:
1st International Conference on the Theology of the Body by John Paul II.
Eichstätt, May 2011
Speakers from six countries in three continents met from May 13 to 15, 2011 to introduce the approximately 200 participants to the basics of John Paul II.’s observations about love, marriage and sexuality during lectures, discussions, workshops and film presentations. Experts from theology, medicine, pedagogy and other disciplines explained theoretical-scientific aspects and complemented them with practical experiences from pastoral practice and education. The keynote lecture was held by S.E. Bishop Jean Laffitte, Titular Bishop of Entrevaux and Secretary of the Papal Council for Family in Rome. Other speakers included, for instance, married couple Prof. Norbert and Renate Martin who have been members of the Papal Family Council since its foundation; additionally, Prof. Michael Waldstein who published the Wednesday Catecheses in English. The results of the conference were published by the publishing house FE-Medien: Liebe, Leib und Leidenschaft – Reflexionen und Exemplarische Eindrücke (ISBN: 978-3-86357-050-7).
Love, Body and Passion – Being a person from the perspective of the Theology of the Body
2nd International Conference on the Theology of the Body
Eichstätt, November 2014
What are we eventually looking for in our love for the other? What promise lies in this “You”? What basic conditions are part of our lives? What makes us a person, a man, a woman? These were some of the opening questions the over 300 participants of the conference dedicated themselves to. Purpose and methods equaled those of the first conference in 2011: the conference invited all to further explore the scientific basics on theology and anthropology by John Paul II and their realization in medicine, pastoral practice, art, pedagogy, marriage, and family. Once again the speakers came from Europe, the United States and Africa. The Bishop of Regensburg, Dr. Rudolf Voderholzer, talked about “The human being is a person”. Other speakers included Dr. Teresa Suárez del Villar, doctor, couple therapist and sexual therapist in Madrid, Prof. Josef Spindelböck, moral theologian from St. Pölten and many others. The proceedings have been published recently: Liebe, Leib und Leidenschaft – Personsein aus der Sicht der Theologie des Leibes (ISBN 978-3-8306-7835-9).