Pope Francis Sets-up New Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences


The Holy Father has set up a new Pontifical institute for the study of marriage and the family: the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences. The Institute was founded by Saint John Paul II in 1982 as the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in the Apostolic Constitution Magnun Matrimonii  Sacramentum .

Pope Francis , in a Motu Proprio: Summa Familiae Cura"  published on September 19, gave it a new name and redefined its mission. The Vatican announced that the institute is being established to carry forward the work of the two recent Synods of Bishops and the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

The new institute will continue to work as part of the Pontifical Lateran University. It will also be closely connected to the Holy See through the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Pontifical Academy for Life and the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.

The Institute's governance is, as a pontifical school, largely made up of Roman Catholic hierarchy. The late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra was the founding president of the 1982 Institute. Since August 2016, the Grand Chancellor has been Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. 

In the Philippines, Bacolod City was designated by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, as the seat of the Philippine campus of the Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II Per Studi Su Matrimonio e Famiglia, Rome. The Philippine campus enables the people of the Philippines and the Far East to avail of the theological and pastoral reflections on marriage and family that the Institute offers.

For inquiries on the courses offered in the Philippines, contact:

University of St. La Salle – Graduate School
La Salle Ave., 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines
Telefax: (+63) (034) 434-8396
Email: jp2natin@yahoo.com
Website: www.usls.edu.ph/pjp

(Sources: News.va, Wikipedia, and usls.edu/ph)