& Family
Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell has announced the establishment of an Australian campus of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.
   The Institute was founded in 1992 by Pope John Paul II as part of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Now with additional campuses in Spain, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Benin and India, it offers postgraduate degree courses in philosophy, theology, the human sciences and pastoral care that are directly relevant to understanding and promoting the Catholic view of the human person, marriage and family life.
   Archbishop Pell's announcement indicated that the Australian campus is expected to offer Masters' degrees, certificates and diplomas in Theology, in Bioethics and in Pastoral Studies.
   The announcement pointed out that wherever the Institue has been established, it has contributed to the understanding and practice of marital and family life, sexual morality, bioethics and public policy.
   It said: "Many of its graduates, especially in the US, are in major leadership positions in Church and society or are working 'at the coal-face' in strengthening family life."
   Archdiocese of Melbourne
18 May 00


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