Catholic Conference on Homosexuality to Help Educators, Students
(CUSA) – Opportunities to understand human sexuality without hype and rhetoric are few and far between.
We post what we can at CatholicismUSA but nothing can replace an in person conference. We have followed Dr. Janet Smith for decades and this is one conference we can strongly recommend. Her faithful insight and reasoned analysis are second to none on these thorny issues that get ventilated in the press but rarely in the heart.
In addition there are other panel member worth listening to. Below is a related article from the Cardinal Newman Society. —DNW
(CatholicEducationOnline) – Leading up to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September and the Vatican Synod on the Family to be held in October, the Catholic apostolate Courage International has organized a special conference on ministering to people with same-sex attraction and communicating Catholic teaching on homosexuality to schools, students and parishes.
Courage already hosts an annual conference, but this special conference in Plymouth, Mich., on August 10-12—titled “Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters with Same-Sex Attraction”—is unique in its focus on the questions outlined in the Lineamenta for the Synod on the Family:
The pastoral care of persons with homosexual tendencies poses new challenges today, due to the manner in which their rights are proposed in society. How can the Christian community give pastoral attention to families with persons with homosexual tendencies? What are the responses that, in light of cultural sensitivities, are considered to be most appropriate?
The beauty of Courage’s apostolate is that its presence “makes plain to the world that the Church does understand this question and does have a very practical and thoughtful response,” Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage, told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview.
Co-chaired by Fr. Check and Dr. Janet Smith, author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, the conference will guide “those charged with pastoral care, whether clerics or laypeople” in learning “an awareness of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and chastity, as well as practical tools that will help them in their own ministry and pastoral care.”
A “particular emphasis on friendship” will be emphasized, primarily in regard to “the importance of friendship in Christ, which leads to fruitful worship, holiness and the fulfillment of life,” said Fr. Check.
Trusting that the Church’s pastoral charity is something very rich and deep that grows out of Her understanding of the human person, we thought that this conference was a way of unifying and gathering together a lot of fine people. In my role in the Church, people do call and ask for practical help and assistance—by those touched directly by same-sex attractions, or those with loved ones struggling, or those in pastoral ministries who need practical guidance. We thought we could be at the service of those needs through this conference.
Slated speakers include Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, Dr. Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries and Teresa Tomeo of Eternal Word TV Network (EWTN). At least two volumes of essays on the conference’s discussions will be published by Ignatius Press, Fr. Check added, so that the topics covered will be available as resources for further pastoral care.
The conference will also feature people who experience the effects of same-sex attraction, whether through themselves, their loved ones or their ministry. “We have people with lived experiences who want to share those experiences with others,” Fr. Check explained. “I think that personal side is a real strength to the Courage apostolate.”
“We want to give them a platform, we want to hear their voice. They put a face on the question, on nobility of the human spirit and the efficacy of grace,” said Fr. Check.
Go to couragerc.org for more details.