Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

Editor's Note: The following media release was released by Fordham University, Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School and Fairfield University.

More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church is an unprecedented collaboration — two Roman Catholic universities and two non-denominational divinity schools are coming together to change the conversation about sexual diversity and the Catholic Church.

For too long, the conversation on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in the Roman Catholic Church has been only a monologue — the sole voice being heard is that of the institutional Catholic Church. We must engage in more than a monologue by having a 21st century conversation on sexual diversity, with new and different voices heard from.

This series will show the variety of viewpoints on issues of sexual diversity among Catholics. Each event has a unique focus, and as a whole they will lift up new voices that are rarely heard and raise awareness about the impact of church teachings and public stances of the lives of LGBT people. The goal is to encourage more vigorous, honest, and open debate about sexual diversity within and outside the Catholic Church.

The four events in 2011 are:

Friday, September 16
Learning to Listen: Voices of Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, New York, NY

Saturday, October 1
Pro-Queer Life: Youth Suicide Crisis, Catholic Education, and the Souls of LGBTQ People
Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Saturday, October 22
Same-Sex Marriage and the Catholic Church: Voices from Law, Religion, and the Pews
Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

Saturday, October 29
The Care of Souls: Sexual Diversity, Celibacy, and Ministry
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Participants and audiences will include clergy and laypeople, scholars and activists, faculty and students, Catholic, post-Catholic, and non-Catholic thought leaders.

For more information contact, Elyse Raby,
For press inquiries contact: Geoffrey Knox,


  1. There is no need to see diferent "view points". Each can have their own view point bit the truth that the catholic Church teaches in one and can't be change. That is why the catholic Church is still there despite so many changes in the world and many persecutions against it from inside and outside. The Catholic Church is not just people it is also (Thanks be to God) the Holy Spirit that despite our sinful nature (including everyone in the Catholic Church) it can still work wonders and speak up The Truth.

  2. Sexual diversity and the Catholic Church sounds correct. There is sexual diversity, and then there is the Catholic Church. Read the Catechism, Canon Law, the Papal Encyclicals, and the Bible. All are clear and consistent. When it comes to sexuality in the Catholic Church, its one man, one woman, joined by God in Marriage only. Anything else is sin. Individuals who find themselves attracted to the same sex need to abstain from these desires. I understand that this may be very difficult; Jesus told us that being part of His Church would be difficult, and we would suffer greatly in this life for it. I know that we are flawed, and selfish, and often give into temptaion. So what we do as Catholics is confess our sins, strive to be better, and let his grace and mercy carry us through WITHOUT ABANDONING HIS TRUTH. And in the end, isn's Gods voice the only one that should matter to us as Catholics. Thank You.