THIS EVENING! – ACP Zoom: Papal Teaching on Same-Sex Relationships: A Battle Against Reality with Luca Badini Confalonieri on Monday 6th December 7.00pm  

ACP Zoom Presentation

“Papal Teaching on Same-Sex Relationships: A Battle Against Reality”


Luca Badini Confalonieri


Monday 6th December 7.00pm


Zoom Meeting ID: 847 2449 8870

Passcode: 054304



Dr Luca Badini Confalonieri has a long standing interest in the governance of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the author of Democracy in the Christian Church. An Historical, Theological and Political Case (T&T Clark 2012, 304 pages).

He is also the lead author of the Institute’s “Academic Statement on the Ethics of Free and Faithful Same-Sex Relationships”, published in May 2021, endorsed by more than 60 scholars, and translated in 10 languages so far, including Chinese, with Filipino forthcoming. He wrote an article about it for The Irish Times, entitled “Cry for justice from gay Catholics must not be ignored. Fallacies of church thinking on homosexuality exposed in new study” (click here).

Together with his colleague, Dr Ally Kateusz, Luca has contributed as academic consultant to the documentary “Jesus’ Female Disciples: The New Evidence” (Minerva Media: Channel 4, UK), premiered 8 April 2018.




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  1. Paddy Ferry says:

    ACP Zoom: Papal Teaching on Same Sex Relationships.

    More wisdom and enlightened common sense from Germany. (Piece below from National Catholic Reporter)

    Two German bishops question church’s teaching on LGBT relationships
    Dec 2, 2021
    by Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur TheologyWorld
    PADERBORN, GERMANY — Two Catholic bishops in Germany, Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen and Heinrich Timmerevers of Dresden, have called for major changes in the church’s teachings on sexual morality as part of contributions to a new book called Catholic and Queer.

    Homosexual partnerships, transgender issues and diversity must be re-evaluated on the basis of new understandings of sexuality, Timmerevers wrote in the book, published this week.

    For centuries, the church “misjudged people and left them alone with their situation and sensitivities and de facto put them on the side-lines,” the bishop said. “Here we have committed injustice and have also become guilty.”

    In his essay, Overbeck said he rejects “the adherence to a sexual morality which, for example, wants to practically deny people who love someone of the same sex the possibility of a successful and fulfilling relationship.”

    Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen, Germany, is pictured in a Sept. 2, 2019, photo. (CNS photo/Harald Oppitz, KNA)
    He continued: “The life experiences and deep feelings of those who are homosexual or transgender have touched me very deeply.” Church teaching must integrate these concrete testimonies of life, Overbeck wrote.

    Overbeck wrote that Pope Francis has made clear that same-sex partnerships deserve legal protection. In doing so, Overbeck said, the pope had expressed “a new form of appreciation that can be the starting point for a (local church) re-evaluation of homosexuality.” However, this development ran counter to the rejection of blessings for gay partnerships issued by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Overbeck added.

    According to current Catholic teaching, it is not a sin to have homosexual feelings but sexual acts between people of the same gender are “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to the natural law.”

    In the book, lesbian, gay, same-sex, bisexual, trans, inter, non-binary and other queer people describe their experiences with faith and the church. The volume also contains statements from people close to them such as parents or siblings, as well as from associations, theologians and pastoral ministers.

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