Joint Diploma in WOMEN AND CHURCH:
Men and women in a synodal community
The Joint Diploma in “Women and the Church: Women and Men in a Synodal Community” is an initiative shared between the Institute for Higher Studies on Women of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, the Pontifical Urbaniana University, the Pontifical Salesian University, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences Auxilium and the Institute of Theology of Consecrated Life Claretianum.
The course deepens the specific contribution of women in the life and mission of the Church, to activate processes of mutual collaboration between women and men in ecclesial spaces. This reflection is linked to the question of the lay faithful, posed above all by the Second Vatican Council and not yet fully lived. Alongside the many examples of fruitful collaboration between men and women in the life and mission of the Church, there are also cultural and other barriers which obscure their reciprocity and effective cooperation. Moreover, the Church is convinced of the need to count on the contribution of women where decisions are made. The journey must begin with a renewed understanding of the dignity of the baptismal priesthood, avoiding the clericalization of the laity in general and of women in particular. Moreover, the Church needs to discover her feminine and maternal face, in order to live her vocation to the full. The horizon in which this reflection is placed is that of a Church that must make a journey of conversion to synodality. What is the role of women in this context?
The course is aimed at priests, men and women religious and lay people (men and women) involved in the ecclesial sphere at the curial, diocesan, academic level, or in formative roles in the various forms of consecrated or associative life, who want to increase awareness and activate processes in these areas, to promote greater and better collaboration between men and women within the Church.
Prior admission requirement is to be in possession of a university degree.
The setting of the general program follows the dynamic of listening, discerning and acting.
Listening as a missionary disciple: understanding the current challenges in different contexts: lights and shadows of the situation of women within the Church and of the collaboration between clerics and laity, enlightened by the gaze of faith and taking into account the fruitful examples of collaboration between men and women and the difficult recognition of women in different geographical contexts.
Discern: understand the causes of these challenges (cultural, historical and anthropological factors), the foundations and criteria to refer to to guide thought and action.
Act: outline paths to follow, necessary tools to walk towards the conversion and renewal of the Church, starting from the perspectives opened by the Second Vatican Council.
Course schedule: 12 October 2023 – 29 February 2024. Synchronous lesson times: every Thursday, from 18:00 to 19:30 (Rome timetable). All materials will be recorded, so that they can be retrieved asynchronously.
Credits: 12 ECTS
Cost: 500 euros.
Socio-historical: presents the active processes since the nineteenth century and still taking place according to a varied context. It focuses on strengths and weaknesses, acquired convictions and problematic nodes of the inculturation of the Catholic faith in its social dialogue. It aims to suggest new developments that allow us to proceed with a proactive spirit.
Anthropological (philosophical and theological): deepens the meaning of sexual difference in the human person taking into account the complexity of elements that come into play in the formation of sexual identity. It aims to illuminate how collaboration and reciprocity between men and women can be expressed in ecclesial contexts.
Ecclesiological: It starts from the ecclesiology of communion matured in the Second Vatican Council. Takes up the salient points of the conciliar and post-conciliar Magisterium with regard to the laity and women, to open paths of creative, faithful and prophetic application.
Workshops: a space to explore and enhance aspects of oneself to favor the perception of one’s masculinity or femininity (listening). Interpreting the studied contents (Discerning) personalizing a new way of relating and collaborating as a woman or man for-with-Christ in the Church (acting).
At the end of the course the course participant will be able to:
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