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Home and Family


The family home is the place where the child is brought up. It is where he or she is first introduced to reality, beginning with the reality of familial relations themselves and their primacy with respect to the State and the Market. In this three-part series, we look at the current challenges to the home as a place of life, nourishment, education, play, work, even industry. We look at motherhood and work, technology in the home, and the growing suburban isolation of the home.



This four-part series takes up what Benedict XVI called the “emergency” of education. A child of course, has to be brought up, and led out (e-ducare) into the world. But what does this mean against the dominant backdrop of calling into question the essential features of childhood, including, especially now, the fact of being a boy or a girl? What exactly is the child’s relation to the world, and how exactly is that relation mediated by the “first educators” of the child? What then, does it mean to be schooled in the disciplines? Is education merely “vocational training” or training in a vocation, and learning how to be awakened by (called by) reality in its many fascinating dimensions? Finally, what is the place of technology in education at all its levels?

Health and Medicine


The Church's teaching on the beginning and end of human life is not a collection of arbitrary rules, but a mystagogical initiation into the sacred vision of triune generosity shining through human birth, reproduction, and death. It is no wonder, then, that the attack on the human person in contemporary society most often coincides with one of these milestones at which we are the most vulnerable, indeed, the most human. This four-part series examines these themes, as well as the particular vulnerability and ability found at the heart of disability. Included here are the papers from the 2014 conference "The A.R.T. of Reproduction: Re-conceiving the Human Person."

Recovering Origins


To know ourselves—and become fully who we are—we have to look back to our origins. The word that seems most apt here is anamnesis, a remembering that connects our present to the past. In this four-part series, we look at the various ways in which the “recovery of origins” is threatened. Divorce, reproductive technology, same-sex unions, and absent fatherhood, each, in different ways, obscure this remembering and with it the awareness of who we are: the fruit of an embodied unity in difference, and (within that) a gift from the Source of all Being.



The inaugural issue of Humanum proposes the child as the most basic figure of the human, a figure which is often lost to view in our liberal culture, bound up as it is with a logic of childlessness, through its forgetfulness of being and its Origin.

Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture & Science
Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
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Washington, DC 20064