The Art of Controversy with Gloria Purvis
The LGBTQ Community and the Church
What is the position of the Catholic Church on LGBTQ+ issues? Trying to move beyond angry rhetoric and demonizing vilification from both sides, “The Art of Controversy: The Church and the LGBTQ+ Community” will lean into one of the most polarizing issues facing Catholics today. Leading with charity, civility and a listening heart, the event will bring together diverse voices to discuss how to encourage a more welcoming and compassionate space for LGBTQ+ Catholics while affirming the Church’s understanding of human sexuality. Moderated by series host Gloria Purvis, the conversation will explore both the timeless truths and lived experiences as well as ways to pastorally accompany LGBTQ+ Catholics and their families, keeping in sharp focus the dignity of every human life as a gift from God.
- Rev. James Martin, SJ, author and editor-at-large, America Media.
- Dr. John Grabowski, professor of moral theology and ethics at Catholic University of America
- Robert Calderisi, author, economist and Rhodes Scholar
- Paul Darrow, speaker from Courage Ministry
- Keith Wildenberg, speaker | moderator at the 2023 Outreach LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Conference
- Dr. Matthew Dugandzic St. Mary's Seminary & University
- Anna Carter, Co-Founder/President of Eden Invitation Ministry
About the Art of Controversy
Moderated by Gloria Purvis, host of The Gloria Purvis Podcast from America Media Sheen Talks honors the spirit of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen’s words and the wise counsel of G. K. Chesterton that an ugly “quarrel” should never interrupt a good “argument.”
The Art of Controversy leans into important and timely discussions about Catholic faith and culture. Bringing together guests of differing views, the series will lead with civility, inclusiveness, and a willingness to listen, neither shying away from the teachings of the Catholic Church nor the charitable love with which the faithful are called to proclaim them. And always leading with a spirit of hope, not fear.
Sheen Talks are part of the Sheen Center’s “Catholic Life” programming which is designed to explore the many facets of the Catholic faith and Catholic cultural identity. Topics are paired with speakers to elicit lively, deeply informed conversations that explore the range and depth of the Catholic experience from ancient times to the present.
About Gloria Purvis
Gloria Purvis is an author, commentator and the host and executive producer of The Gloria Purvis Podcast. Through her media presence, she has been a strong Catholic voice for life issues, religious liberty, and racial justice.
She has appeared in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, PBS Newshour, NPR, Newsweek, and Catholic Answers Live and hosted Morning Glory, an international radio show.
She recently debuted a video series entitled Racism, Human Dignity and The Catholic Church through the Word on Fire Institute.
She is the Inaugural Pastoral Fellow at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame University and recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Portland in Oregon.