One of the challenges in the past in dealing with the political issues around LGBT equality from a Catholic perspective is that the conversation has too easily been dragged down to the level of a shouting match which puts “religious belief” up against “civil rights”. In fact of course, the issues are more complex, and the simple repetition of slogans masks the real and cogent religious arguments in favour of equality and inclusion. I am convinced that when people of faith talk to each other from an agreed position of shared religious belief, progress can be made. So it is that I welcome the announcement by Catholics for Equality of a panel discussion between two notable public figures from each side of the argument. Gay Catholic journalist Andrew Sullivan and Maggie Gallagher of NOM together with two students, one each from College Democrats and College Republicans, will be engaging in “A Catholic Family Conversation on LGBT Issues”, at Georgetown University, Washington DC on Wednesday next week, 8th December. The panel will be chaired by E J Dionne.
If you will not be in DC personally (and I assume that most of you, like myself, will not be, never fear. You should nevertheless be able to follow the proceedings by an on-line livecast at catholicsforequality.org/georgetown. (Alas, this will not help me, as I shall be in bed and asleep at that time).
Catholics for Equality Invites You to
A Catholic Family Conversation on LGBT Issues
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 8:30 – 10:00 PM (ET)
Georgetown University Intercultural Center Auditorium
WASHINGTON – LGBT issues are at the forefront of discussions in Catholic families, parishes and communities across the United States. Catholic families find themselves supporting their LGBT family members and friends, while at the same time are aware of the increasingly political role the US Bishops have taken against marriage equality, employment and military service, and immigration rights for LGBT people. This national “Catholic Family Conversation” will bring together leading voices on these issues to answer questions from college students preparing to return home for the Holidays.
The event will be livecast online at catholicsforequality.org/georgetown, with a live chat for Cathlolic college students from across the country to pose questions and add comments.
- Andrew Sullivan, Atlantic senior editor, political commentator, author, blogger
- Maggie Gallagher, National Organization for Marriage spokesperson, political commentator, writer
- E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist, Brookings Institute senior fellow, political commentator, author
- Hanna Lomax-Vogt, Georgetown College Democrats
- Joel Knowles, Georgetown College Republicans
- A Catholic Family Conversation on LGBT Issues
- Sponsored by the Georgetown College Republicans and Georgetown College Democrats
- Wednesday, December 8, 2010; 8:30 – 10:00 PM ET
- Georgetown University Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium (get map)
- To engage as a diverse American Catholic family in a civil discussion around LGBT issues currently being debated in U.S.politics.
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- Advent: Prepare Ye A Way For Inclusion (queeringthechurch.wordpress.com)
- For a Queer Christmas – Send Gay / Lesbian Cards. (queeringthechurch.wordpress.com)
- Gay Adoption, Gay Marriage as Moral Obligations: Two Jewish Views (queeringthechurch.wordpress.com)