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Canadian Catholic University Sponsors Lecture Encouraging Dissent

A Catholic school board in Ontario, Canada, sponsored a lecture last week at a Catholic college on how Catholic schools can value “faithful dissent” on issues such as female ordination, homosexuality, and contraception, according to

Dr. Graham McDonough, an associate fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria and author of the book Beyond Obedience and Abandonment: Toward a Theory of Dissent in Catholic Education, delivered the lecture titled “Faithful Disagreement: An Opportunity for rediscovery in Catholic education.”

The event was sponsored by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and held at St. Jerome’s University.

“Catholic schools often find themselves dealing with disagreements with Church teaching on topics such as ordination, homosexuality,and contraception as well as with complaints that schools are not properly teaching doctrine,” reads a description of the lecture on SJU’s website."This lecture proposes that Catholic schools can do more to include and nurture internal disagreement as a powerful opportunity to embrace intellectual diversity, learn the value of faithful dissent and enable greater participation in the Church and the world.”

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