16th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J., Lecture

Submitted by Enerida Ademi '13 on October 1, 2009

“Anything new we discover about creation is a good thing,” said Dr. James Alison, a theologian and writer who spoke at the 16th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J., Lecture on Theology, Religion, and Society, as he explained the conflicts of the church accepting homosexuality.

The lecture, titled, “Something for Everyone: Gay Catholics as Good News for a Changing Church,” was held held on Sept. 22, 2009 in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room from 8-10 p.m. All Catholic Studies events are held in the DSB dining room and are free and open to the public.

Well over 50 people attended, ranging from professors to Fairfield students to the greater community. Everyone was attentive and raised interesting questions to Dr. Alison.

Dr. Paul Lakeland, Director of the Center for Catholic Studies, presented Dr. Alison by revealing interesting facts about him. Some of them were that he attended Oxford University, has published several books, and has given and continues to present numerous lectures all over the world.

Dr. Alison kept raising was the “truth question” throughout his lecture. The truth was that homosexuality exists and it is a reality that needs to be accepted. He would stress that the Catholic Church teaches the “truth” and it would be “immoral to teach people to be what they are not.”

The schedule for the Center for Catholic Studies six upcoming events for Fall 2009 could be found on their website. These educational events reveal different points of view among scholars on important topics of the contemporary world.

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