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Symposium on the Theology of the Body

The CLE Department, under the Holy Angel University Institute for Christian Formation and Social Integration and in partnership with the Theology and Religious Education Department of De La Salle University and the Religious Educators’ Association of the Philippines (REAP), sponsored an academic symposium on St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” on August 12, 2016, at the Holy Angel University Theater. Rev. Fr. Maxell Lowell C. Aranilla, PhD, served as the guest resource speaker in the event. Fr. Maxell is a faculty member of the Theology and Religious Education Department and the School Director of the Guadalupe Catholic School of the Archdiocese of Manila. For five consecutive summers, he has attended certificate courses on the Theology of the Body at the Theology of the Body Institute in Pennsylvania, USA.

The symposium highlighted that true love waits and that true love consecrates the body. Fr. Maxell pointed out that there is nothing wrong in being erotic in the same way that there is nothing wrong in being “agapaic” so long as it leads to a desire to seek God. It was attended by CLE 3 students, basic education and college faculty members of Holy Angel University, and guest Theology and Religious Education students and teachers from neighboring Catholic schools and universities