International Institute for Culture

 
 
DATE:September 29 to October 27
Time:7:00 until 9:00 p.m.
Speaker: John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L., M.Div.
Topic: An Introduction to Catholic Teaching on Human Sexuality and Marriage
 
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 29 until October 27, 2003, 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.
 
 
September 29
  • An Overview of Moral Methodology.
  • The Goods of Human Sexuality
October 6
  • The Theology of the Body of John Paul II
  • The Reasonableness of the Church's Teaching on Contraception
October 13
  • Infertility and "Reproductive Technologies"
  • Reproductive Technologies"
October 20
  • Same Sex Attraction or Homosexuality
  • The Truth about the "Gay" Movement
October 27
  • The Nature of Marriage, "The Primordial Sacrament"
  • Indissoluble, Unitive, Procreative.
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. If one subscribes to the entire series, the requested contribution is $125. Those who contribute to the entire series are guaranteed seating.
 
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 eight grandchildren live in Philadelphia.
 
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