Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Announcing a REAL capital "C" Catholic Conference: 'Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters with Same-Sex Attraction'

There is actually a very good Catholic way to do that...

“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?” 

Where?  In Michigan.

When?  In August.

Who?  Many speakers - highly qualified speakers.  Deeply respected speakers.  And clergy - for clergy and Catholic educators and religious, school superintendents, and diocesan personnel who minister to those with same-sex attraction.

And there will be a Bishop there as well: Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit.

This conference is very necessary.

For complete details, visit here.

Thanks to Dan Mattson, who has been working on the project, for the heads up on this.  I'm told a book is forthcoming as well.  Check out Dan's blog for more information:  Letters to Christopher.  With guys like Dan around, we don't have to worry that solid Catholic teaching isn't getting through to persons with homosexual inclination and/or acclimation.

Tell your pastors and Catholic teachers about the conference - and don't forget the deacons and RCIA directors.  All are welcome ...  The name of the conference:

“Love one another as I have loved you”

Song for this post here.  



  1. Does look like a good line-up of speakers. And just to show that there are two sides to everything and/or that different people will experience the same thing differently, one of the speakers was written about (indirectly) on your blog on Feb. 20th...

  2. Now I'm curious. Which one? I checked the posts for 2/20/15 for anyone in the line-up and didn't see anyone i wrote about on that date. I once referenced one of the non-professional female speakers whose experience I couldn't relate to, but other than that - everyone else seems well suited.

  3. The former seminarian you cited had Dr. Bob for that conference or class or whatever it was in St. Paul. I figured it was since I've participated in a similar "spiritual psychodrama" with him. Those take a good bit more explaining than the seminarian gave in his piece; they're definitely "handle with care" but I think they can be good with someone (like Dr. Bob) who knows what he's doing. Wonder if they'll try that at this conference, or if he'll just talk about the work he does.

    1. That's interesting. Thanks. We will have to wait and see I guess.


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