International Institute for Culture

John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L., M.Div.- An
Introduction to Catholic Teaching on Human Sexuality and Marriage

September 27, 2004    7:00 PM       
The International Institute for Culture and The Spirituality Evangelization Academy of OLME present 
An Introduction to Catholic Teaching on Human Sexuality and Marriage 
By John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L., M.Div. 
A five week course of ten sessions will address the Catholic understanding of the purposes of human sexuality and the nature of married love. (If you can not attend the entire course, individual sessions may be attended.) We live in a day of vast confusion with respect to human sexuality. Open homosexuals becoming bishops in the Episcopal Church. Companies and governments offering benefits to same sex unions. A growing movement for "gay 'marriages'". Single women being artificially inseminated by donors. Children engendered by in vitro fertilization, so-called test tube babies. The storing of frozen embryos. Surrogate mothering. The list of confusion could go on and on. The Catholic Church has the answers to the vexing questions arising from these developments, and Pope John Paul II has developed a fresh and engaging approach to these issues through his Theology of the Body. 
Lectures will be each Monday evening from September 27 until October 25, 2004, at Ivy Hall in Overbrook Farms, Philadelphia. The lectures will be from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. with a break and ample opportunities for discussion. There will be reading assignments, hand-outs, lecture outlines, and the opportunity to purchase Church documents related to the subject. The course will not be offered for academic credit, but for personal enrichment and to assist participants in the evangelization of culture. The Institute requests a contribution of $15 per lecture (note two lectures each night for $30). If one subscribes to the entire series, the requested contribution is $125. Those who contribute to the entire series are guaranteed seating. 
Date: Monday, September 27th  
1. An Overview of Moral Methodology 
2. The Goods of Human Sexuality 
Date: Monday, October 4th  
3. The Theology of the Body of John Paul II  
4. The Reasonableness of the Church's Teaching on Contraception  
Date: Monday, October 11th  
5. Infertility and "Reproductive Technologies"  
6. Reproductive Technologies  
Date: Monday, October 18th  
7. Same Sex Attraction or Homosexuality  
8. The Truth about the "Gay" Movement 
Date: Monday, October 25th  
9. The Nature of Marriage, “The Primordial Sacrament” 
10. Indissoluble, Unitive, Procreative 
Instructor: Professor John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L., M.Div. 
Dr. Haas is the President of The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Boston and the President of the International Institute for Culture in Philadelphia. Before assuming the presidency of the bioethics center, he was the John Cardinal Krol Professor of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Adjunct Professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and the Family, Washington, D.C. He was the producer and host of the St. Charles Forum shown on EWTN. He was also Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and a member of the faculty of an interdisciplinary program on ethical issues in the helping professions at Ohio State University. Dr. Haas, his wife, Martha, nine children and nine grandchildren live in Philadelphia. 
The Spirituality Evangelization Academy was founded by Sister Joan Noreen, OLME, in the Jubilee Year 2000, as a direct response to the call of Pope John Paul II for a New Evangelization. It is an extension of Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist (OLME), a lay organization aimed at helping women and men to deepen and develop their spiritual life. Learn more at .

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