audio podcasts: Theology of the Body

Mosaic given by Pope Benedict XVI to St. Mary’s University College – Twickenham during his apostolic visit to the UK in September of 2010

I’ve just finished editing and posting all of the audio I captured during the Third International Symposium on the Theology of the Body in London.

Here’s a link to the audio podcast feed:

Here’s a summary:

Welcome Address
A brief welcome address by Professor Philip Esler, Principal, St Mary’s University College

The Power of the
Experienced Beauty of Love

Dr. Michael Waldstein, who serves as Max Seckler Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University, gives a presentation on the question of method in the Theology of the Body.

A Clarification of the Key Terms in Theology of the Body
Dr. William Newton, assistant professor at the International Theological Institute in Austria, discusses the key terms used in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, and offers guidance regarding the unifying principles of this wide-ranging catechesis on the meaning of embodied love.

Homily at Opening Mass by Bishop Edwin Regan
Bishop Edwin Regan (of the diocese of Wrexham, Wales) offers a homily on St. Charles Lwanga and Companions during the Opening Mass for the Symposium.

Continence for the Kingdom
Fr. William Wright leads a workshop on the meaning of celibacy for the kingdom according to the Theology of the Body.

A Comparison of Natural Law and Personalist Arguments against Contraception
Dr. Janet Smith, who serves as Father Michael J McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, presents a comparison of natural law and personalist arguments against contraception as found in Love and Responsibility and Theology of the Body.

The Personalism in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
Dr. John Crosby, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses personalism in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Defending Marriage in the Public Square
David Quinn, founder of the Iona Institute and one of Ireland’s best known religious and social affairs commentators, leads a workshop on defending marriage in the public square.

Theology of the Body as the Foundation of Marriage and the Family
Dr. Maria Fedoryka, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University, discusses the implications of the Theology of the Body for marriage and the family.

Battle for the Body: Exorcising the Manichaean Demon and Reclaiming the Sacred Theology of our Body
Christopher West, Fellow at the Theology of the Body Institute, Pennsylvania, USA, speaks about the way in which Manicheanism affects our attitude toward our bodies, and what we might do to begin seeing the body as God sees it.

Eyes to See – Glance Theology and Religion as Recognition
Dr. Anthony Towey, Head of School at St. Mary’s University College – Twickenham London, leads a workshop exploring the thesis that seeing is the fundamental form of encounter with God.

A Sacred Trust: The Educational Mission of the Family in the Light of the Vocation to Love
Dr. Stephen Milne, who holds a PhD in Education from the University of Nottingham, currently serves as Head of Teacher Training and Staff Development at St Peter and St Paul, Lincoln’s Catholic High School. Drawing upon his background in developmental psychology, literature and education, Dr. Milne speaks about the educational mission of parents in light of the vocation to love.

Theology of the Body and Dignitas Personae: Reflections on Christian Anthropology as the Foundation of the Culture of Life: Transforming the Culture of Death from the Roots Up
Dr. Peter Colosi, assistant professor of moral theology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA, presents a lecture on biomedical ethics as it relates to the dignity of the human person during the Third International Symposium on the Theology of the Body.

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UPDATE: There is video available from some of the conferences on the International Symposium’s website. Visit to find multimedia from the London conference and all prior conferences.

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