Granados said: “The project was born as a response to the need we see to illuminate contemporary culture, especially the crisis regarding the principles of love, the body, and the family. It follows one of the priorities of Pope Francis, as he reflected on convoking the synods on the family.”
“We are teachers that have shared studies and teaching on many occasions, and we think we can provide a service to society and the Church.”
Granados, vice president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome from 2010 to 2019, said that the project drew inspiration from Pope Francis and his two immediate predecessors.
“It is an educational project which seeks to form people in true love. This expression -- true love -- seems to us to be the key,” he explained.
“It is inspired, in the first place, by the insistence of St. John Paul II, the pope of the family, that our affections must be filled with light. He spoke of the truth of love, with reference to the wise design of the Creator about man and woman, and the importance of the truth, in his encyclical ‘Veritatis splendor.’”
“We are also inspired by the vision of Benedict XVI, who sought to approach the human being from the perspective of love.”
“And finally, we are assisted by Pope Francis’ Magisterium, especially his encyclical ‘Lumen fidei,’ where you can find this relationship between the truth and love, and also, in the passage about the dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan, when he explains that the Lord, when approaching the woman, looked for the positive that He could find in her: the desire for genuine love that God inscribed in her heart.”
Granados said that the project’s emphasis on the “truth of love” could serve as a corrective to trends in contemporary society.
“Today people want to love, but it is a love without truth, which means, on the one hand, love without duration; and on the other, love without the ability to transmit to children born of that love a sense of life; finally, love without public impact, because the truth is what unites us with others,” he commented.
“Therefore, to speak of the truth of love is to remember that there is hope for love, that it can be long-lasting and fruitful.”
Granados said that proclaiming the “truth of love” would have an impact on the pastoral care of families.
“For example, the Lord’s mercy is united with the truth, because it is not a mercy that is limited to tolerating our misery and fragility, but a mercy that regenerates us so that we can live up to our vocation to love,” he noted.
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“And it is also a truth that reminds us that our love is generative, capable of transmitting the life that comes from the Creator.”
He underlined that the initiative had a pastoral dimension: “to form families in the love of Christ.”
He continued: “The challenges are many: educating children to love, strengthening the conjugal union, especially in the first years of marriage, working for a society that puts the family at the center, protecting the family from ideologies that deny the unitive and procreative meanings of the human body, and even the sexual difference itself.”
The priest said that the Veritas Amoris Project would hold a congress for families each year in a different country, preparing “formators of family ministry.”
The project is holding a seminar for professors in Rome on Feb. 2-4, entitled “Pathways of Truth.”
“There will also be an academic meeting every year in Rome, to deepen the project, which we have collected in 12 programmatic theses,” Granados said.