Colloquium in memory of Klaus Demmer (1931–2014): April 17–18, 2015

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Colloquium in memory of Klaus Demmer (1931–2014): April 17–18, 2015

Klaus Demmer, one of the most important and influential contemporary moral theologians, died on July 18, 2014. He was teaching Moral theology as first non Jesuit at the Gregoriana from 1970 to 2003. During these 33 years he lived at the Anima, the German college for priests in Rome. Therefore the rector of the Anima, Dr. Franz Xaver Brandmayr, Dr. Karl Hunstorfer, a former member of the Anima, and Prof. Hans Zollner SJ, Academic Vice Rector of the Gregoriana, organized together a colloquium in honour of Klaus Demmer, that was held at the Gregoriana in the noon of April 17 and at the Anima in the morning of April 18. The meeting at the Gregoriana (held in English and Italian) was opened by a very personal account of Mrs. Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer (INTAMS, Belgium) and afterwards dedicated to the specific ethical-theological approach of Prof. Demmer: “The dimension of the interdisciplinary dimension of moral theology”.  The speakers where Roberto Dell’Oro, Los Angeles (“Moral truth and anthropological mediation in the theological ethics of Klaus Demmer”; response by Aristide Fumagalli, Milan), Antonio Autiero, Berlin (“Klaus Demmer between Theology and Medicine”, response by Carlo Casalone, Naples ), Gianni Cioli, Florence (“The moral compromise in  the thought of Klaus Demmer”, response by Paolo Benanti, Romoe.  The morning meeting at the Anima (held in German) was dedicated to the link between Moral theology and Spirituality in Klaus Demmer.  The keynote speakers where Walter Schaupp, Graz (“Transzendenzerschlossene Subjektivität   – Zum Verhältnis von Moral und Spiritualität bei K. Demmer”), Roman Globokar, Ljubljana (“Moraltheologische Reflexion dient besserer Lebenspraxis. Zur Bedeutung der Lebensentscheidung bei K. Demmer”) and Karl Hunstorfer, Vienna (“Spiritualität im Krankenhaus.  Fundamentaltheologisch-ethische Aspekte bei K. Demmer als Anknüpfungspunkte einer praxisbezogenen Spiritualität”).

The colloquium revealed not only the important and very specific academic moral-theological approach and heritage of Klaus Demmer (as Schaupp said, most probably the widest and most extensive approach in contemporary Moral theology), but how he has left a significant mark on many generations of international students through his personal testimonial of a simple, humble and spiritual lifestyle. As typical Westphalian he was a sober, austere and calm person, but at the same time a personality with a deep humanity and a spiritual depth.

The publication of the papers will be provided by the Gregoriana and the Anima in a special issue in honour of Klaus Demmer. Already in 2011 a group of former students of Prof. Demmer have published a “Festschrift” (“Pensare l’agire morale : omaggio italiano a un maestro internazionale: Klaus Demmer”, ed. by V. Viva and A. Fumagalli, San Paolo Edizioni: Cinisello Balsamo 2011) in occasion of his 80th birthday. The presentation of this book on November 9, 2011, was the last time that Demmer visited the Gregoriana and gave a Lectio magistralis “La teologia morale contemporanea: sfide e prospettive”. The last book of Demmer was published posthumous, ed. by A. Autiero: “Selbstaufklärung theologischer Ethik. Themen – Thesen – Perspektiven”, Ferdinand-Schöningh-Verlag: Paderborn 2014.

Martin M. Lintner


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    Terry Demmer
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    I enjoy reading the information about Klaus Demmer. He was my 2nd cousin 3x removed. As a child I remember Klaus Demmer had frequently corresponded with my late mother through letters about my ancestors in Germany and his interest in knowing of his relatives here in the United States. As I now continue my mother's research in our family I am saddened to learn of his passing as he was someone that I always hoped to have the opportunity to meet.
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    Portal sobre os direitos do consumidor
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    A) Maurício bem como Joana cometeram um crime?

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