NEW Public Lecture “Does the Catholic Sacrament of Marriage Have a Future?” an online public lecture by Professor Julie Hanlon Rubio

On 10 October 2022 10am AEDT the ACU Centre for Liturgy will be delighted to host Professor Julie Hanlon Rubio (Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University USA) for a public lecture on this important topic.  

Marriage rates are falling, fewer couples are marrying in churches, many more people agree that marriage is becoming obsolete. Catholic teaching on lifelong sacramental marriage seems a relic from another time. A Catholic understanding of marriage is distinct. It asks couples for depth of intimacy, fruitfulness, and contribution to the common good, and insists on the presence of grace in this most ordinary of human relationships. It pushes against a private view of marriage, calling family a "school of deeper humanity" and the "first cell of society." How might this demanding vision still resonate? Could Pope Francis's efforts to welcome and affirm a diversity of families make room for more Catholics to see sacramental marriage as something they can strive for? How can Catholic institutions both uphold this vision and support the diversity of families they serve?

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Julie Hanlon Rubio is the Shea-Heusaman Professor of Christian Social Ethics and Associate Dean at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. Before coming to Santa Clara, she taught at St. Louis University for nearly two decades. Her research focuses on Catholic social thought and family. She has authored six books, including the award-winning Family Ethics: Practices for Christians and Hope for Common Ground, both from Georgetown University Press. Recently. she co-edited a collections of essays called Sex, Love, and Marriage: Catholic Perspectives (Liturgical Press in 2020) representing new work in the field of family ethics, which she helped define. Her new book, Can You Be Catholic and Feminist? will be published by Oxford University Press in 2023.

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