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The Moral Theology of Aquinas: Is it for Individuals?

Feb 8 2018 4:30pm
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Wojciech Giertych, OP

Theologian of the Papal Household

Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Theology Club at the Divinity School and the Hildegard of Bingen Society for Christian Thought and Culture.

Is the moral teaching of Aquinas a purely cerebral, speculative reflection that can hardly be correlated with practical Christian living, or does it have a message that can be correlated with the experience and difficulties of an average individual? This lecture views the theology of Aquinas in the light of the concrete down-to earth approach focused on individuals that seems to be the basic gift of Pope Francis. It attempts to propose a reading of Aquinas that is spiritually nourishing.

To view photos of the lecture, please visit Lumen Christi's Facebook page.


Fr. Giertych also taught a master class on "Grace, Free Choice, and the Infused Virtues" on Friday, February 9.

On Saturday, February 10, he joined with Notre Dame's John C. Cavadini to lead a discussion on "The Role and Future of Theology" in the academy and the Church. View photos of that discussion.


Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP, is Professor of Moral Theology at the Angelicum, where he has taught since 1994. In 1975, he entered the Polish Province of the Dominican Order. He studied theology in Kraków and was ordained a priest in 1981. For a number of years Fr. Giertych was a professor of moral theology and the Student Master, a formator, in the Dominican House of Studies in Kraków. In 1998, Fr. Giertych was called to the General Council of the Dominican Order, serving first as the Socius for Central and Eastern Europe, and then as the Socius for the Intellectual Life. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fr. Giertych the Theologian of the Pontifical Household – a position he currently holds. Fr. Giertych is also a member of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, a consultant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and a consultant to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He has written a number of books in moral theology.

Since the 13th century, the position of Theologian of the Pontifical Household has been held by a Dominican. The Papal Theologian advises the pope on theological issues and checks papal documents for theological clarity and soundness. You can learn more about Fr. Giertych HERE.