Faculty & Staff

Dr. Peter J. Colosi

Associate Professor of Moral Theology
610-785-6203
Education
 
Ph.D.                                         International Academy of Philosophy (Principality of Liechtenstein) (2002)
 
M.A. Franciscan Studies          St. Bonaventure University (1995)
 
M.Phil.                                       International Academy of Philosophy (Principality of Liechtenstein) (1993)
 
B.S. Mathematics                     Franciscan University (1987)
Professional Experience
 
Assistant & Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (2009- )
 
Assistant to Director, Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Catholic University of America (2008-2009)
 
Sabbatical Research Year granted by Franciscan University (2007-2008)
 
Instructor and Assistant Professor (promoted 2002) of Philosophy, Franciscan University, Austrian Program, Gaming, Austria (1999-2007)
 
Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy and Theology, Alvernia University (1995-1997)
 
Publications & Presentations
 
“Christian Personalism vs. Contemporary Utilitarianism: The Cognitive Dimension of Love and its Relation to Moral Decision Making.” Chapter VII in The Love of Truth: All Truth and in Every Thing. Essays in Honor of Josef Seifert. (San Tiago, Chile: Ediciones UC, 2010), 391 – 406.
 
John Paul II and Christian Personalism vs. Peter Singer and Utilitarianism: Two Radically Opposed Conceptions of the Nature and Meaning of Suffering. 
Ethics Education, vol. 15, No. 1 (2009), 20 – 41. (A publication of the Australian Catholic                 University system).
 
 
John Paul II and Max Scheler on the Meaning of Suffering. 
Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 12:3 Summer 2009, 17 – 32. Lead article.
 
 
Personhood, the Soul and Non-Conscious Human Beings: Some Critical Reflections on         Recent Forms of Argumentation within the Pro-Life Movement. 
Life and Learning XVII, (Conference Proceedings of University Faculty for Life, 
Villanova University June 1-3, 2007), 277-304.
 
 
 
 The Uniqueness of Persons in the Life and Thought of Karol Wojtyła/Pope John Paul 
II, with Emphasis on His Indebtedness to Max Scheler. 
Chapter 3 in Karol Wojtyla’s Philosophical Legacy, eds. Nancy Mardas Billias, Agnes B. Curry and George F. McLean, (Washington, D.C.: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2008), 61 - 100.
 
 
Mother Teresa, John Paul II and Christian Personalism vs. Peter Singer and Utilitarianism: Two Radically Opposed Conceptions of the Nature and Meaning of Family. 
Chapter 4 in The Family in the New Millennium: World Voices Supporting the “Natural” Clan, Vol. 3. Edited by S.A. Loveless and T.B. Holman. (Westport, CT:    Praeger Publishing, 2007): 49-65.
 
What’s Love Got to Do with It: The Ethical Contradictions of Peter Singer. 
(February 25, 2005).
           
 
Unleashing Love: Why We Care for Those Who Suffer. 
Franciscan Way, (Steubenville Ohio: Franciscan University), Fall 2004.
 
The Intrinsic Worth of Persons: Revisiting Peter Singer and His Critics. 
The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies,  XV (2003): 3-22.
 
 
 
The Courage of Conviction: An Essay in Honor of Philotheus Böhner, O.F.M. 
Franciscan Studies, 59 (2001): 91-108.  Co-authored with Conrad Harkins, O.F.M.
 
The Heresy of the Franciscan Spirituals. 
The Cord, 48.1 (1998): 7-17.
 
The Life of Blessed John Duns Scotus. 
The Cord, 45.3 (1995):5-10.
 
Biographical Register of the Franciscan Institute. 
Franciscan Studies, 51 (1991): 152-197. 
Co-authored with Rega Wood and Conrad Harkins, O.F.M.
 
 
Online Articles
August 19, 2012 Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly 
The Bioethics of Organ Donation
 
July 16, 2012 Theology of the Body Institute
The Leaven of Married Love: Humanae Vitae and Theology of the Bodyhttp://tobinstitute.org/newsItem.asp?NewsID=81
 
July 2, 2012 Crisis Magazine
The HHS Mandate: What Now, In Light of the Supreme Court Ruling? (Part 3 of 3)
 
June 28, 2012 Crisis Magazine
The HHS Mandate: This is About Contraception (Part 2 of 3)
 
June 27, 2012 Crisis Magazine
The HHS Mandate: A Question of Religious Freedom or the Life Issues? (Part 1 of 3)
 
March 28, 2012 ISI American Liberal Arts Blog 
The Existence/Content Distinction within Natural Law and the UN
 
February 23, 2012 Crisis Magazine
False Premises
 
February 7, 2012 Catholic Exchange
Contraception and the Fight Against the HHS Ruling
 
June 2, 2010 ISI American Liberal Arts Blog
Study, Travel and the Education of the Emotions
 
February 25, 2005 Godspy and CatholicEducation
What’s Love Got to Do With It? The Ethical Contradictions of Peter Singer
 
 
Book Reviews
Book Review of Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder by Wesley J. Smith (Dallas: Spence Publishing Company, 2003). The Catholic Social Science Review, 11 (2006): 319-23.
 
Book Review of In Defense of Human Dignity eds., Robert Kraynak and Glenn Tinder (Notre             Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003). The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, XVI (2004): 202-03.
 
 
Conference Planning/Travel Education
Currently co-organizing the Fourth International Symposium on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, to be held in Fatima, Portugal, June 13 – 16, 2013.
 
Co-organized the Third International Symposium on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London UK. Symposium title: A Timeless Catechesis on Life and Love, June 3 – 5, 2011.
 
Co-directed, with Fr. George F. McLean: 
The Sacred and the Secular: Complementary or Conflictual in Global Times? This international and intercultural seminar was held at Catholic University of America from September 15 – October 17, 2008 and sponsored by the Council for Research in Values of Philosophy.
 
Conceived and presented a proposal to The St. Paul Divinity School for a conference on John Paul II, which was accepted. I then co-organized (with Professors Deborah Savage and Christopher Thompson) this conference:
Humanae Vitae, the Person and the Thought of John Paul II 
June 18-20, 2008, The St. Paul School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
Co-conceived and co-organized (with Monica Rapeanu): 
Man and Woman He Created Them: John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, an International Symposium. May 18 – 20, 2007, Gaming, Austria.
 
Co-director of Student Pilgrimage/Study travel to Italy,
August 1999 to May 2007. This is a trip taken in the fall and spring semesters by the Gaming, Austria campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville with 130 – 175 students.  My responsibilities included giving walking tours of Rome, Florence, Assisi, Fonte Columbo, Greccio and La Verna Italy, and translation needs throughout the trip (between English, German and Italian). I also gave a detailed lecture before the trip on the life of St. Francis of Assisi, with special emphasis on the buildings and sites visited upon arrival in Assisi.
 
 
Selected Presentations/Conferences
Bioethics: A Legal, Medical and Theological Perspective
            Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), Wanamaker Building, Juniper St., Philadelphia PA. June 23, 2012. I was a member of a panel composed of lawyers, medical doctors and theologians for this CLE credit program approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board.
 
The HHS Mandate: A Question of Religious Freedom or the Life Issues? 
            Annual Conference of The University Faculty for Life, Brigham Young University, June 1 – 2, 2012.
 
John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
 
To the Seminarians of Almada Seminary in Setubal, Portugal, May 24, 2012
To the seminarians of Caparide Seminary in Lisbon, Portugal, May 23, 2012
Presented in Spanish to the Bishop, Bishop Gilberto Délio Gonçalves Canavarro dos Reis, and priests of the Diocese of Setubal, Portugal on May, 22, 2012.
To the Catholic parish of Caldes, Portugal, May 22, 2012.
At the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon Portugal, May 21, 2012.
Humane Vitae
            Presented March 24, 2012 as one of the addresses in Humane Vitae as Seen Through the Lens of Theology of the Body, A day-long seminar sponsored by: The Philadelphia Natural Family Planning Network; The Philadelphia Chapter of the Catholic Medical Association; St. Mary Medical Center and Archdiocese of Philadelphia Family Life Office. Held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Trinity Parish Center, 611 Knowles Ave. Southampton, PA 18966.
 
End of Life Issues
            Presented March 5, 2012 as one of the lectures in the Life, Love and Sexuality series sponsored by the Respect Life Committee of St. Peter Church, 2835 Manor Rd. West Brandywine, PA 19320.
 
An Introduction to Catholic Social Doctrine
            Catholic Young Adults of Chester County (CYACC), August 24, 2011, West Chester PA.
 
John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
            A presentation to the teens and their parents of St. John of Rochester Parish, Fairport, NY. August 21, 2011.
 
How to Improve the Reading and Writing Skills of University Students
            ISI American Studies Summer Institute, Princeton University, June 21, 2011.
 
Theology of the Body and Dignitas Personae: Reflections on Christian Anthropology as the Foundation of the Culture of Life: Transforming the Culture of Death from the Roots Up.
 
Annual Conference of The University Faculty for Life, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN, June 10 – 12, 2011.
Third International Symposium on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, June 3 – 5, 2011, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK.
Shame, Modesty and the Love between Man and Woman According to John Paul II
            Catholic Young Adults of Chester County (CYACC), Oct. 13, 2010, West Chester PA.
 
The Natural Law, Personhood and the Nuremburg Trials
            Natural Law Symposium, St. John Fisher College, Rochester NY, Oct. 9, 2010.
 
"Nine Critical Questions Related to Embryo: A Defense of Life by Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen”. 
            Presented at:  The Value of Human Life, Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University, October 23-25, 2009.
 
John Paul II’s Understanding of the Relation between Love and Suffering
            Theology on Tap, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Youth and Young Adults. The Catholic Philopatrian Institute, 1923 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA, Thursday, August, 12, 2010.
 
Christian Personalism as Foundational for an Adequate Understanding of Theology of the Body.
            The National Theology of the Body Congress, July 28 – 30, 2010. Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center, Blue Bell, PA.
 
John Paul II’s Approach to the Relation between Modern Science and Mystery
            Immaculata University, “Chronicle of Faith: A Conference Celebrating the Legacy of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition,” Friday, April 30 and Saturday May 1, 2010.
 
Preparing for the Passion: John Paul II on the Christian Meaning of Suffering
            Catholic Young Adults of Chester County (CYACC), March 31, 2010, Knights of Columbus Hall, 110 West Market St., West Chester, PA.
 
“Why Modern Science Needs John Paul II.” 
            Presented at: John Paul the Great Legacy Project on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at The John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. 
Audio File available here: http://www.jptglegacyproject.com/
 
“The Beauty of JPII’S Theology of the Body for Today’s Married Couples,” 
            Presented at: Building Awesome Marriages: The Key to Authentic Spirituality: The St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, PA, Saturday, October 10, 2009.
 
The Ethical Problem (A study of TOB 118 – 125)
            Presented at: Man and Woman He Created Them: Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, 2nd International Symposium, June 11 – 14, 2009. Maynooth Campus, Maynooth, Ireland.
 
"An Affirmation of Life: Love and Suffering According to Pope John Paul II"
            Presented at:  The 24th "Evening Affirming Human Life and the Family" on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at The Church of St. Helena, Minneapolis, MN.
 
Zygotes are People/The Personhood of Embryos
            Presented at: The Nineteenth Annual University Faculty for Life Conference
University of St. Thomas Law School, Minneapolis, MN, May 30 - June 1, 2009
 
Subjectivity in Personalist Philosophy: K. Wojtyla
            Presented at: Philosophy Emerging from Culture, Soongsil University, Seoul, Korea, July 27-28, 2008.
 
The Concept of Person in the Writings of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II
            Presented at: Humanae Vitae, the Person and the Thought of John Paul II 
June 18-20, 2008, The St. Paul School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
The Personhood of Embryos: Framing the Question
            Presented at: The Eighteenth Annual University Faculty for Life Conference
Marquette University, May 30 - June 1, 2008
 
Intuition as the Foundation of Knowledge in Aristotle and Phenomenology
            Presented at: Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture Annual Fall Conference: The Dialogue of Cultures. Notre Dame University, November 29-December 1, 2007.
 
John Paul II and Christian Personalism vs. Peter Singer and Utilitarianism, Philosophical Reflections on the Foundations of Ethics With Emphasis on The Cognitive Dimension of Love and Its Relation to Moral Decision Making.
            Presented at: The Society of Catholic Social Scientists 15th Annual Meeting. The St, John’s University School of Law, Queens, New York, October 26 – 27, 2007.
 
A Body that Expresses a Person: Max Scheler’s Impact on John Paul II’s Theology of 
the Body. 
            Presented at: Man and Woman He Created Them, John Paul II’s Theology of the Body An International Symposium, May 18 – 20, 2007, Gaming, Austria.
 
Personhood, the Soul and Non-Conscious Human Beings: Some Critical Reflections on 
Recent Forms of Argumentation within the Pro-Life Movement. 
Presented at: University Faculty for Life, Villanova University June 1-3, 2007.
 
The Meaning of Suffering in the Thought of Max Scheler and Karol Wojtyla/Pope 
John Paul II. 
            Presented at: The Phenomenology of John Paul II, Dec. 1-2, 2006, sponsored by the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, Duquesne University.
 
A Growing Gap – Living and Forgotten Christian Roots in Europe and the United States.
This conference grew out of a critical discussion between the Christoph Cardinal Schönborn and George Weigel related to Weigel’s book The Cube and the Cathedral (Basic Books, 2005). I attended and participated in work group discussions, along with a group of approximately 65 international scholars and politicians, at the personal invitation of the Cardinal. The conference took place at his residence in Vienna, Austria from April 26 – 29, 2006.
 
The Uniqueness of Persons in the Thought of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II, with Emphasis on His Indebtedness to Max Scheler.
            Presented at: Karol Wojtyla’s Philosophical Legacy, a conference sponsored by Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT, March 22-23, 2006.
 
Personhood, the Soul and Non-conscious Human Beings: 4 arguments for the immorality of embryonic stem cell research.
            Lecture delivered at The Pontifical University of Santa Croce, Faculty of Philosophy, Rome, Italy, November 16, 2004.
 
Mother Teresa, John Paul II and Christian Personalism vs. Peter Singer and Utilitarianism: Two Radically Opposed Conceptions of the Nature and Meaning of Family.
            Presented at the European Regional Dialogue For the Doha International Conference on the Family for the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Year of the Family, Geneva, Switzerland, August 23-25, 2004
 
Personhood, The Soul and Non-conscious Human Beings.
            Presented at: The International Christian Studies Association, VI.  World  Congress. Science and Religion: The Missing Link. Pepperdine University,  Malibu,  California. July 30 – August 1, 2004.
 
John Paul II and Christian Personalism vs. Peter Singer and Utilitarianism:Two Radically Opposed Conceptions of the Nature and Meaning of Suffering.
            Presented at: The 3rd Global Conference: Making Sense of: Health, Illness and Disease July 5 - July 9, 2004 St Catherine’s College, Oxford University.
 
The Life of St. Francis and The Town of Assisi and Surroundings.
            Lecture to prepare 150 students for a pilgrimage/tour of Assisi, Fonte Columbo and Greccio Italy.  Given at Gaming, Austria during the Fall and Spring semesters 2001 - 2007.
 
The Courage of Conviction: An Essay in Honor of Philotheus Böhner, O.F.M.
            Main address of the Festveranstaltung anlässlich des 100. Geburtstags von Pater Prof. Dr. Philotheus Böhner OFM on March 24, 2001. I delivered this co-authored (with Conrad Harkins, O.F.M.) essay in Lichtenau, Germany, in German translation, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Fr. Philotheus.
 
Objective Value in the Thought of Bl. John Duns Scotus and Dietrich von Hildebrand
            Lecture series of The Peace and Justice Task Force of Alvernia College, Alvernia College, Reading, PA, October 26, 1995.