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Fordham Univ. to Host ‘IgnatianQ: Finding God in the LGBTQ & Ally Jesuit Student Community’

Fordham University will be hosting a lecture series next month titled “IgnatianQ:Finding God in the LGBTQ & Ally Jesuit Student Community” which will feature a number of speakers including Sister Elizabeth Johnson, whose recent book was condemned by the U.S. Bishops, and a keynote speech by Dr. Patrick Hornbeck who, in 2011, wrote a piece for CNN.com titled “Why good Catholics are challenging the church line on homosexuality.”

The 1st annual Ignatian Q conference (IggyQ) will be held at Fordham University from April 5-6, 2014.

According to the event’s website:

Ignatian Q brings together the Jesuit Colleges and Universities LGBTQ & Ally communities for dialogue, reconciliation, understanding, and growth as a loving community. Through lectures, breakout sessions, dialogues and keynotes we strive to educate the whole person. The conference, which uniquely focuses on LGBTQ issues and Jesuit values, aims to create a community of people active in their faith, community and campus. We hope participants leave with a better understanding of their unique and beautiful identities after a weekend of productive conversations full of grace, dignity and empowerment.

Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham, is tentatively scheduled to deliver a lecture entitled “Invisibility in the Gospel.” In 2011, the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee released a statement condemning her 2007 book “Quest for the Living God” for “misrepresentations, ambiguities and errors” that do “not accord with authentic Catholic teaching on essential points.” The book, they said, “completely undermines the Gospel and the faith of those who believe in the Gospel” when it addresses doctrine of the Trinity.

Dr. Hornbeck will deliver an address titled “Where do we go from here?” on LGBT issues.

In 2011, Hornbeck wrote a piece celebrating the More than a Monologue conference, an event which The Cardinal Newman Society issued a report about and exposed as “a well-orchestrated attempt to undermine the Church’s doctrine.”

Hornbeck wrote of the conference that it “reveals the breadth of Catholic approaches to issues of sexual diversity.”

Also speaking will be Michael Strom, an alumnus of Fordham, who, according to the Fordham Ram, was a member of the student organization PRIDE, the gay alliance group on Fordham’s campus.

A seminar titled LGBTQ Activism 101 will be led by the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. The website of the NBCCC links to an LGBT advocacy organization called FIERCE.

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