The University of Notre Dame will hold a two-day conference later this month to explore how Catholic churches can coexist comfortably with gay Catholics.
The conference, called “Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity” features speakers who will discuss more inclusive pastoral strategies for Catholic members of the LGBT community.
It’s co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) and Gender Relations center.
ICL director and speaker at the conference John Cavadini says the announcement of the conference has been controversial. Some say it goes too far while others say it doesn’t go far enough.
Cavadini just hopes this starts a conversation.
“I feel like our imaginations get cramped,” he says. “We get caught in ways of thinking and don’t allow ourselves to think a little bit farther and this conference is meant to help us think a little bit farther.”
Cavadini says these issues need to be discussed because they are pressing and impact the church.
The conference comes around the same time as the synod in Rome where the bishops also discussed issues such as welcoming gays. They did not come to an agreement.