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Being Gay, Having Faith: 
Dialogues on Gay Sexuality and Catholicism

In 2013, OSP hosted a three-part series called “Being Gay, Having Faith: Dialogues on Gay Sexuality and Catholicism.” The series aimed at exploring Catholic teachings on gay sexuality; it was not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to illicit thought-provoking conversations and questions and to inspire individual exploration and research of these questions. Below is information, materials, and audio for each part 
of the series. 


Part I – The Bible and Biblical Interpretation: What Does the Bible Say?
February 6, 2013 - How does one interpret the Bible generally and read the Scriptures regarding gay sexuality? What do certain Biblical passages say about gay sexuality?

Presenters:
Professor Benjamin Dunning, Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Fr. Mark David Janus, CSP, Ph.D, President of the Paulist Press

READ: Fr. Janus Handout:  How Catholics Read and Understand the Bible

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Part II – Catholic Moral and Anthropological Theology: 
What Does the Church Say?
March 13, 2013 - How does one interpret and read the Catholic Church’s teachings on gay sexuality, including, (1) natural law, (2) Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, (3) the role of conscience, (4) Encyclical Letter Deus Caritas Est (God is Love), and (5) Catechism of the Catholic Church

Fr. Dan O’Reilly, Director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York 
Professor Todd Salzman, Ph.D., Professor of Catholic Theology and Chair of the Department of Theology, Creighton University
Fr. Mark David Janus, CSP, Ph.D, President of the Paulist Press

READ: 
Fr. Janus Handout "Conscience Formation"
Professor Salzman’s: "Human Sexuality & A Renewed Catholic Anthropology"The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology (2008) and Sexual Ethics: A Theological Introduction (2012)


Part III – Personal Stories: What do the People say?
April 10, 2013 Have individual Catholics who are gay or know someone who is gay been able to reconcile their faith with gay sexuality? Do they even need to be reconciled? What are the struggles and questions? Why are they practicing Catholics?

Panelists for Part III included Eve Tushnet