Proclaiming the Splendor of Truth with Love
2018 Truth & Love Conference
A conference offering sound, practical and pastoral guidance on the topics of homosexuality and sexual identity. Designed for clergy, religious, and those lay faithful working in ecclesial ministry, as well as, medical and mental health professionals.
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Deacon Patrick Lappert
Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama
Dr. Janelle Hallman
Licensed professional counselor and Director of Desert Hope Ministries
Dr. Janet Smith
Author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and of the Right to Privacy and the editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader.
Dr. John Cuddeback
Professor of philosophy at Christendom College
Dr. John Grabowski
Theological advisor to the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, and Youth
Dr. Mary Healy
Professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Dr. Michael Horne
Director of Clinical Services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
Dr. Paul Hruz
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Cellular Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Susan Selner-Wright
Professor at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary
Father Paul Check
Rector of St. John Fisher Seminary and former executive director of Courage International (2008-2016)
Father Philip Bochanski
Executive director, Courage International
Martin Nussbaum, Esq.
Co-founder and co-chair of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie'a Religious Institutions Group
Suzanne Baars, Ph.D
A licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist at In His Image Counseling Center in Irving, Texas.
“At times, in the discussions about new and complex moral problems, it can seem that Christian morality is in itself too demanding, difficult to understand and almost impossible to practise. This is untrue, since Christian morality consists, in the simplicity of the Gospel, in following Jesus Christ, in abandoning oneself to him, in letting oneself be transformed by his grace and renewed by his mercy, gifts which come to us in the living communion of his Church.”
Veritatis Splendor , 119
The 25th anniversary of Pope Saint John Paul’s prophetic document, Veritatis Splendor, was at the center of an international formation event for clergy, religious, and professionals who minister to persons who experience same-sex attractions (SSA) and gender dysphoria.
The event, which focused on the theme “Proclaiming the splendor of truth with love”, featured presentations from acclaimed theologians, including Dr. Janet Smith, Dr. Mary Healy, and Fr. Paul Sullins. Participants also heard witness testimonies from two Courage members featured in the documentary Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Paul Darrow and Rilene Simpson.
The conference took place October 22-24 at the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Pastoral Center (formerly St. Thomas Seminary) in Bloomfield, Connecticut. This was Truth & Love’s fourth conference to date.
Our Truth & Love conferences offer an opportunity to learn how to care for people living with SSA and questions about sexual identity from experts in the fields of pastoral ministry, theology, philosophy, psychology, and health care.
This event was an initiative of Courage International.