Leaders and scholars from around the world are gathering in Vatican City this week for an international interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman. The purpose of the colloquium, according to its website, is “to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the woman, in order to support and reinvigorate marriage and family life for the flourishing of human society.”
Over the course of the week, a six-part documentary film series sponsored by the Marriage, Life and Leadership Council is being released. The Humanum Series explores themes drawn from the colloquium as lived out and experienced by men, women and children around the world.
Maria Fedoryka, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University, is featured in the second Humanum film, entitled “The Cradle of Life and Love: A Mother & Father for the World’s Children.”
“Motherhood,” Fedoryka begins, “has traditionally been seen as the nurturing genius where a space is created where a person is allowed to be. So much of the heart of the flourishing of the person is… to be accepted unconditionally and received as he or she is. So we often speak of the mother as the heart of the family.” Fedoryka goes on to explain and describe the masculine genius, how the father is “the solid structure in which a person can flourish,” like a secure “scaffolding” or “compass for the conscience of the child.” The film that features Maria Fedoryka, as well as other parts of the Humanum series, can be viewed here.
Catherine Pakaluk, Assistant Professor of Economics at Ave Maria University, was invited to attend the international colloquium and is currently in Rome.
More details about the event can be found at the Humanum website.