Two Catholic universities – Fairfield and Fordham – are joining two non-denominational divinity schools – Union Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School – in a program series developed to change the conversation about sexual diversity and the Catholic Church. The series is entitled “More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church.”
The programs will explore the diversity of viewpoints among Catholics on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.
“The conversation on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in the Roman Catholic Church has for too long been only a monologue – the sole voice being heard is that of the institutional Catholic Church,” said Dr. Paul Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Professor of Catholic Studies, director of the Center for Catholic Studies, and an organizer of the series. “It’s time for a 21st century conversation on sexual diversity, with new and different voices heard from.”
The series, which is free and open to the public, is being funded by a grant from the Arcus Foundation.
The dates, titles, and locations of the four events are: Learning to Listen: Voices of Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church, Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, New York, N.Y. – Friday, September 16; Pro-Queer Life: Youth Suicide Crisis, Catholic Education, and the Souls of LGBTQ People, Union Theological Seminary, New York, N.Y. – Saturday, October 1; Same-Sex Marriage and the Catholic Church: Voices from Law, Religion, and the Pews, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn. – Saturday, October 22; The Care of Souls: Sexual Diversity, Celibacy, and Ministry, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn. – Saturday, October 29.
For more information, visit www.morethanamonologue.org.