The Chinese Department of the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS) has for the first time organised a Mandarin workshop on the Theology of the Body.
The May 27-29 workshop saw Dr Bosco Ning, a lecturer in moral theology from Taiwan, expounding on the key themes of St John Paul II’s seminal work. The Theology of the Body is a compilation of a series of 129 lectures delivered by the late pope on human sexuality, marriage and family life.
Some 70 participants, including faculty and students of CTIS, other lay Catholics, Religious, and some who are not Catholics, attended the talks by Dr Ning, who is from the Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of St Robert Bellarmine, Taipei.
Dr Ning is also the author of a seminal Chinese-language textbook on Bioethics.
CTIS vice-rector, Fr Peter Zhang, in his welcome address, noted that while there are many English-language resources and conferences on the Theology of the Body, similar materials and talks in Chinese are rare.
This workshop was to meet the needs of the Mandarin-speaking faithful, he said.
“The workshop helped us to develop a heathy in-depth understanding of oneself,” said Mr Jude Koh.
Mr Richard Lee, a CTIS student, shared that the workshop gave him a “fresh perspective and insight” into the fundamental dignity and significance of the human body, and “how a person co-operates with God to play a positive role in God’s plan of creation”.
A couple from the parish of St Mary of the Angels said they felt this workshop was very useful as many people now do not understand the true meaning of marriage, thus leading to problems such as divorce and adultery.
They added that the workshop was also useful for building healthy family relationships and for those unfamiliar with the roles and responsibilities of Catholic parents.
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