Extra Ecclesiam: The Medieval Papacy and the Frontiers of Christianity

Main Researchers:
Giovanni Collamati – Universidad CEU San Pablo
Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez de la Peña – Universidad CEU San Pablo

Church History has always been one of the most prolific fields of research in Medieval History. Within this field, the history of the Roman Papacy is an unicum that has attracted and continues to draw generations of historians from all over the world. The affirmation of the Petrine auctoritas over the Western Church had the effect of transforming the pontifical institution into a doctrinal guide and a juridical-ecclesiological reference point both for the already Christianised populations and for those living outside the confines of what was being shaped as Christianitas. This project aims to study the relations between the Apostolic See and the peoples on its borders, analysing the moments of encounter and confrontation. This project is proposed for the identity research line: "History of the Catholic Church and Biblical Tradition". Today, more than ever, it is necessary to study the history of the Church in a scientific and careful way, in order to give an accurate picture of its contribution to human civilisation. Thanks to this project, Universidad CEU San Pablo is linked to other prestigious universities in Europe and the rest of the world, thus becoming a reference centre for the study of the medieval Church.

"Vulnerabilitas: the person and the protection of the weak: a historical, anthropological, social, moral, bioethical and biolegal perspective on vulnerability".

Main Researchers:
Alejandro Rodríguez de la Peña
Juan Ignacio Grande
Professors from the three CEU universities also participate. Years: 2021-2022.

This project focused on the study of weakness and vulnerability as inherent characteristics of the human person and his/her nature from birth to the end of life. At the same time, we have analysed these aspects of human identity as a social and anthropological phenomenon from the perspective of history, philosophy, morality, and bioethics. This project has produced significant results such as publications in academic journals and books, including "Compassion", written by Alejandro Rodríguez de la Peña, winner of the CEU Ángel Herrera Research Award.

Research project: Bioethics and education: teaching and disseminating the culture of life.

Main researchers:
Emilio García Sánchez
Juan Ignacio Grande Aranda
Professors from the three CEU universities also participate.
Years 2023-2024.

This project is framed within the need to transmit a culture of life and respect for the dignity of all people - especially the most vulnerable - specifically through teaching and school and university education. We start from a Spanish educational situation in which we can recognize a lack of training in bioethical issues.