The moral theology cannot help but confront the empirical sciences. Today, such a comparison is made (all the more urgent and difficult) for the huge impact that the empirical sciences have on the daily lives of men and women of our time and the complexity of the problems they pose. On the third day of the Redemptorist international congress of moral theology, at Aparecida (Brazil) two papers were presented on the subject.
The Redemptorist Márcio Fabri dos Anjos (Brazil), moral theologian and bioethicist at the ‘Instituto de Estudios Superiores São Paulo (ITESP)’ and ‘Centro Universitário São Camilo (S. Paulo),’ has presented his paper on “The challenges of scientific rationality to theological ethics- the question of human subjects.” While the moral theologian Mary Martha Cuneo (Argentina), a Redemptorist missionary, physician and professor of moral theology and bioethics in several academic institutions in Argentina, has focused her attention on the fascinating advances in neuroscience and their significance for the understanding of moral reasoning with a paper entitled “Neuroscience and decisions-limit in Bioethics.”
The long day was also marked by two broad sessions of group discussions in 13 study groups, which gave the participants the opportunity to freely discuss the issues raised and to widen the debate with the experiences and questions encountered in pastoral practice.
The evening ended with a charming concert presented by the Pequenos Musicos of the National Shrine (PEMSA) of Aparecida, which was greatly appreciated by Congress and confirmed further the beautiful Brazilian hospitality experienced by all.