Panel discussion on role of Catholic Church in marriage debate to be held at Notre Dame

Marriage, the Church and the Common Good

A panel discussion on the role of the Catholic Church in the cultural and political debate about marriage will take place at 7 p.m. Monday (April 27) in Room 141 of DeBartolo Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

The discussion, “Marriage, the Church and the Common Good,” is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center and the Institute for Church Life and will include Ron Belgau, founder of the website Spiritual Friendship, and Sherif Girgis, coauthor of the book “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.”

According to the organizers of the event, the discussion will address such questions as: What is marriage, and why does it matter? How can the Catholic Church model pastoral leadership amid heated debates about it? And how might the Church continue its ministry amid a shifting marriage landscape?

The discussion is free and open to the public.

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Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on April 24, 2015.