Wollongong priest to link mental health with human dignity

At next month's World Day of the Sick, moral theologian Fr Peter Comensoli will highlight issues of human dignity in relation to those afflicted by mental illness.

Fr Comensoli, Chancellor of the Diocese of Wollongong, is among speakers presenting at the World Day of the Sick conference on 9 February.

The conference will focus on "mental health and human dignity" - a theme chosen for this year's World Day of the Sick, being held in Australia for the second time.

Fr Comensoli will outline will outline an anthropology that seeks to uphold the absolute - not relative - dignity of every human person. He will propose a possible moral framework that reflects this fundamental reality with regard to people living with mental illness.

Fr Comensoli undertook post graduate studies at the Acadamia Alfonsia in Rome from 1998 to 2000, where he specialised in the fundamentals of moral theology and its philosophical and anthropological underpinnings.

Papal emissary Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, will open World Day of the Sick with a keynote address at the conference being held in the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The international event will run from 9 to 11 February. It is attracting Catholic bishops and clergy, conference delegates and health professionals and carers from across the world. Registrations for the conference close on 30 January.

Human dignity the focus for Australian priest at global Catholic health conference (Catholic Communications Adelaide 23/1/06)

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24 Jan 2006