An April conference to be held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame will provide an opportunity for civil debate about the hot-button issues that divide many Catholics today.
"Polarization and the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal" is scheduled for April 27-28, and will bring together Catholic leaders from around the country for open dialogue and panel discussions.
According to conference organizers Mary Ellen Konieczny and Charles C. Camosy, the goal of the event "is to better understand the social and religious underpinnings of our divisions, to explore how our common beliefs and aspirations can help us heal some of the hurts that the divisions have caused, as well as how open dialog with those with differing views of issues that have proved contentious might challenge us to revise and incorporate new understandings of them that might help bring healing and hope — unity in our diversity."
Participants include Most Rev. Daniel Flores, Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., Hosffman Ospino, Michael Sean Winters, Brian Flanagan, Amy Uelmen, Elizabeth Tenety and many others.
More information, including a poster download, is here.