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Archbishop Peter A Comensoli celebrated the official Melbourne launch of his new book In God’s Image: Recognizing the Profoundly Impaired as Persons yesterday at the Australian Catholic University Melbourne Campus. Joining Archbishop Peter was ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven to celebrate the launch.
In the book, Archbishop Peter draws on his own experiences and relationships with people with disabilities as well as the work of St Thomas Aquinas and Professor Hans Reinders.
‘In God’s Image has received many generous endorsements from scholars, who have praised its contribution to contemporary Catholic theological discourse on the nature, dignity and destiny of the human being,’ Professor Craven said.
‘The book will pave the way forward for Christian theologians working on the topic of disability and impairment.’
The book began as Archbishop Peter’s doctoral thesis at the University of Edinburgh and has since been developed into its current book form. The book was edited by Nigel Zimmermann, Associate Director of Church Policy at Australian Catholic University.
‘Friends draw apart from the collective of mutual respect and cooperation into an exclusive relationship together when the recognise in each other, individually, something shared by them, individually,’ Archbishop Comensoli writes.
In God’s Image was previously launched in Sydney in late 2018 by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP.
According to Medi Ann Volpe, lecturer in Theology and Ethics at Durham University, the book is ground-breaking with Archbishop Comensoli ‘turning the usual question about being made in the image of God on its head,’ Volpe said.
In God’s Image: Recognizing the Profoundly Impaired as Persons can be purchased online here