Benedict, Sex and Morality

Now here's a mouthful. At the request of Pope Benedict XVI, Catholic University is hosting a symposium on "common morality for the global age" March 27-28. It's actually quite a gathering, and it's free and open to the public. It features speakers that the university says represents a "who's who" list of the world's thinkers in theology, philosophy, law and political science. They span the religious spectrum from Catholics and Protestant to Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Taoist.

The symposium has actually been in the works for several years. It was launched when then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict) suggested to CUA's president, the very Rev. David M. O'Connoll, that the university host a conclave on universally held moral principles and invite scholars of different religions. The university said the cardinal hoped the symposium would "generate ideas on how to foster a global culture possessing the moral insight to address the world's pressing problems."
During the four-day conference, speakers will grapple with topics as wide-ranging as the role of culture in transmitting basic morality, the social morality of the Qur'an and "God, Sex and America: Decline of the Common Morality."

By Jacqueline L. Salmon |  March 25, 2008; 11:15 AM ET
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