2019 Symposium

Man and Woman in Dialogue

On Identity, Complementarity, and Mission


This two-day symposium of Catholic scholars, men and women, shed light on the psychological, anthropological, theological, and philosophical significance of Man and Woman in relationship with each other and with the Church. The symposium began with a short reflection on the crisis of masculinity (fatherhood) and femininity (motherhood) which affects the culture and the Church in profound ways. Our scholars discussed the physical and psychological differences between men and women, then complementarity, and followed with a deeper look at Christian anthropology and specific aspects of femininity and masculinity. The final segment explored specific challenges the Church is facing related to problems of masculinity and femininity, including homosexuality and the abuse crisis (a crisis of fatherhood) and ecclesiology (particularly the relationship between the clergy and the laity).

Click below for the 2019 Symposium’s topics and agenda.