Antropological Module

Antropological Module

The Anthropological Module intends to go down the great path of reflection done by the human being on the human being himself, in search of that “truth” of human nature on which the inalienable dignity of every person is based: “That every human being possesses an inalienable dignity is a truth corresponding to human nature beyond any cultural change” (Francis, Fratelli tutti, n. 213).

In the light of a multidisciplinary reflection, which spans the horizon of knowledge between philosophy, science and faith, we want to reflect on the sexual difference, which manifests itself in every era and in every place, as a characteristic and irrepressible trait of humanity: “Femininity realizes the “human” as much as masculinity, but with a different and complementary modulation … It is only thanks to the duality of the “masculine” and the “feminine” that the “human” is fully realized” (John Paul II, Letter to Women,29 June 1995, n. 7).

From the awareness of female identity and its relationship with the male one, there may be avenues of reflection and processes to promote the role of women in society and in the Church.



We aim to achieve some related and consequent objectives, through the different lessons and disciplinary settings:

  • To obtain knowledge and awareness that the question of sexual difference is placed in the context of the widest reflection on the human person and is a fundamental element of it: men and women share and express in their complementarity the common human nature, even in their irrepressible difference.
  • To understand what common traits femininity manifests in the different social or cultural situations and in the unrepeatable individual identities, so much so that we can talk about “women” in a realistic and well-founded way.
  • To point out the complexity of elements involved in the formation of sexual identity, and the indissoluble interweaving of nature and culture in the formation of masculinity and femininity.
  • To understand what “motherhood” means as the core of female identity that is expressed in different ways in different living conditions.
  • To understand the common dignity of men and women, which does not erase but perfect their difference, and to be able to derive consequent ethical attitudes of respect and promotion of femininity in the context of complementarity between males and females.
  • To bring to a fruitful synthesis the different knowledge obtained from the various disciplines, arriving at a harmonious and renewed vision of women in the light of faith.
  • To outline processes of factual mutual collaboration in society and in the Church.


Structure of the module:

Following the ratio of ecclesiastical studies, our Module begins with philosophical anthropology, which is accessed through the exercise of natural reason and ends with the theological anthropology, an expression of the harmony between reason and faith. At the heart of this journey is Biblical Anthropology, which gives essential light on who the human being is in all its dimensions.

Each step is accompanied by reflections on the living reality of being a woman, in the various social and ecclesial situations.

The Module opens with a premise, which offers the panorama of the Module and its place in the joint diploma path and closes with a conclusion that collects and brings to summary the contents that emerged in the various lessons.

The method of lectures and the method of sharing workshops is combined.


Core themes:

  • Philosophical Anthropology

Objective: To outline the identity of men and women in the light of philosophical reason and in dialogue with science.

Topics: sexual difference and human nature; being a woman between nature and culture; men’s and women’s relationships; motherhood.

2) Theological Anthropology

Objective: To outline the identity and vocation of man and woman in the light of the Old Testament and the New Testament, in the theological elaboration and in the magisterium’s journey.

Topics: Sexual difference in the Old Testament; woman in Scripture; men’s and women’s covenants in Scripture; man and woman in the Magisterium; different vocations in the Church.


15:00 – 16:00 Introduction

Lorella Congiunti

Man and woman in the Old Testament

Laura Paladino

Man and woman in the Magisterium

P. Jaime Rodriguez

16:15 – 17:15 Anthropological Foundation

d. Aldo Vendemiati

Man and woman in the New Testament

Rosalba Manes

The sexual difference in the Fathers of the Church

Ana Cristina Betancourt

17:30 – 18:30 Sexual difference between nature and culture.

Giorgia Salatiello


Mulieris Fortis

Sr.  Catherine Droste

Prospects to be covered

Blanca Castilla

18:45 – 20:00 Person, sex and gender.  Marta Rodriguez / Susy Zanardo Motherhood between reason and faith. Mancuso, Ilaria Malagrinò Conclusion

Lorella Congiunti

(laboratory and synthesis)




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