Professor David L. Schindler will present a talk titled “Theology of the Body, the Gender Distinction and Religious Freedom” in the last installment of the year for the Archbishop’s Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood.
The lecture will examine how the Catholic understanding of what it means to be male and female directly impacts society, its understanding of God and the meaning of human freedom.
The admission fee for adults is $5 but students, clergy and religious are free.
Learn more about the lecture at the website of the archdiocesan Office for the New Evangelization, which sponsors the lecture series.
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St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB) may provide a solid basis for solving the most pressing issues of human sexuality, both in families and in the Church as the family of God, including the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Catholic and Orthodox churches. The TOB endorses neither radical patriarchy nor radical feminism, and provides a vision of marriage, and gender relations in general, that can be summarized as unity in diversity (“original unity of man and woman”), individuality in community (“communion of persons”) and equality in mutuality (“spousal meaning of the body”). The complementarity of man and woman is for reciprocity and mutual enrichment, not mutual exclusion.