Same Sex Attraction National Conference


The CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family & Life will organize the first National Conference on Same Sex Attraction focusing on the thoughts of the Catholic Church on the pastoral care and integration of persons with same sex attraction (PSSA) in the Church. Conference venue is the Pope Pius XII Conference Center and the dates are 2-3 September, 2016.

The sessions are as follows:

Sept. 2, Friday

  • “Gender Identity – Understanding SSA”, to be given by Lingayen – Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, Judicial Vicar of the National Tribuanal of Appeals
  • “Homosexuality and Ethics in the Family Today”, to be given by Rev. Dr. James McTavish, FMVD of Fraternidad Misionera Verbum Dei

Sept. 3, Saturday

  • “Pope Francis and Persons with SSA”, to be presented by Daet Bishop Gilbert Garcera, ECFL chairman
  • “Pastoral Accompaniment of Persons with SSA”, to be delivered by Fr. Daniel Healy, Courage Philippines spiritual director

Participants expected at the symposium are:

  • SSA Spiritual Directors of Dioceses, Parishes and National Family and Life Organizations
  • Bishops
  • Courage members (SSA friends)
  • Families and friends of persons with SSA
  • Formators of seminarians / novices
  • Representatives of Catholic Cultural Centers

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