De-polarisation in Religion and Ethics

Beyond the Public and the Private. Family, Church and Society in the Space of the Common – STELLA MORRA

We are witnessing a profound metamorphosis of cohabitation, or to quote B. Latour, of the “assemblages” of humans, which in being/living in common are showing the imbalance that is being built in the public/private/common triad, one of the fundamental axes of life, in different forms in different cultures. This imbalance is crucial in understanding the polarization and de-polarization processes.
Can theology and churches have a place and a role in the understanding and governance of this transformation, which displays radical elements of gravity? We think so, at least in the West in the line of the stewardship of the common good, if they understand what this means and are willing to re-understand the forms in which they show themselves to the public/in public (such as in discourse and public practices).
We shall try to indicate some lines of work that derive from this fundamental thesis.


A theological doctrine of sexuality and life forms in the open society. Women’s authorities and the rights of homosexual persons as commonplaces of depolarization – ANDREA GRILLO

The issue of a “Catholic doctrine” on sexuality (as a virtue of generation) and homosexuality (as a sin of self-satisfaction) profoundly affects the way sex and gender are considered. Here a “polarized” identity and conduct pairs with a depolarization of sexes and a depolarization of practices. It may be interesting to study the polarization of “honor society” and the depolarization of "dignity society. “Not without phenomena of reversal of polarities and recovery of sapiential mediations in the honor society and of undiscounted immediacy in the dignity society. Studying the dignity of women in the public space and the exercise of sexuality outside of marriage is a challenge to two evidences of the closed society (women in primacy and sexuality only in marriage) that have represented a principle of the social structure that the Catholic tradition has identified as God’s revelation, as a civil duty and as a natural vocation. The confusion between “depositum fidei” and "social norm" is high and structural. The resulting polarization is only in appearance a defense of religious identity.


Scientific coordination
Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR

Cycle of seminars: “De-Polarization in Religion and Ethics


The event will be held in Italian

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  • Stella Morra teaches theology in the Department of Fundamental Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University, where she is also Director of the “Alberto Hurtado” Center for Faith and Culture. Among her publications: "Incantare le sirene. Chiesa teologia e cultura in scena" (2019), "Dio non si stanca. La misericordia come forma ecclesiale" (2015).
  • Andrea Grillo teaches theology of the sacraments and philosophy of religion at the Athenaeum S. Anselmo in Rome and theology of liturgy at the Institute of Pastoral Liturgy in Padua. Among his publications: "Genealogia della libertà" (2013), "Eucaristia. Azione rituale, forme storiche, essenza sistematica" (2019), "Cattolicesimo e omo(sessualità" (2022), "Liturgia fondamentale" (2022).


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