Respectful conversation about marriage

Published: Monday 2nd November 2015

ACU recently held panel discussions titled A Respectful Conversation on Marriage in Sydney and Melbourne. The stimulating discussions were filmed and are now available for viewing. See link below to watch the panel discussions.


The Catholic Church’s position on marriage is well known but not well understood.

As a Catholic university, ACU is committed to an intellectual tradition that actively encourages a dialogue between faith and reason. The University acknowledges there is a range of views on marriage in our community.

Our commitment is to be a place where a respectful dialogue can occur. ACU is a diverse community where all students and staff are valued. Our diversity provides us with an opportunity to support, challenge and learn from one another and from the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Bringing together Catholic and other perspectives, panellists explored the topic of marriage in a respectful conversation.

The panels

The North Sydney’s panel discussion was moderated by Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven and we heard from:

  • Bishop Peter Comensoli DD, Bishop of Broken Bay
  • Mr Paul Kelly, Editor at Large, The Australian
  • The Hon Kristina Keneally, Adjunct Professor and Director for Gender Inclusion at Macquarie University and former NSW Premier
  • Mr Tim Wilson, Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission.

Watch this North Sydney panel here

The Melbourne’s panel discussion was moderated by Director of Government, Policy and Strategy Mr Julian Leeser and we heard from:

  • Bishop Terry Curtin STD EV, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne
  • Father Frank Brennan SJ AO, Professor, Thomas More Academy of Law
  • Mr Tim Wilson, Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Ms Miranda Devine, Columnist, News Limited.

Watch this Melbourne panel here