Event to discuss ‘women’s take’ on PH families

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QUEZON City, August 20, 2014—Taking on Pope Francis’ challenge to “broaden the opportunities for a stronger presence of women in the Church,” the Loyola Schools’ Department of Theology invites everyone to “A Symposium on the Filipino Family: Catholic and Women’s Perspectives” on September 13, Saturday, at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University, from 8 a.m.to 12 p.m.

The symposium aims to study and reflect on the situation of women, allowing them to voice out their perspectives on many issues affecting society today.

One topic the department finds most relevant to Filipino women concerns the family.

Here, the new trends and experiences of Filipino families living in a setting where the “rule of a father figure” is hardly articulated are to be discussed from various angles and disciplines.

This interdisciplinary approach will be employed in order to bridge the gaps and intensify present connections between religious beliefs and the wealth of knowledge from culture, the secular arts, and sciences.

Results from the survey on families gathered among local churches in preparation for the Synod on the Family in 2014 and 2015 are now being collated, and is expected to provide some insights on how Catholics can respond to the challenge of Pope Francis.

One of the key issues to be discussed in the “Symposium on the Filipino Family: Catholic and Women's Perspectives” is the family. (Photo: CBCP News)

The talks are as follows:

• “The Catholic Church in the Philippines: Some Perspectives on Gender and Public Policy on the Family” by Eleanor R. Dionisio

• “Women, Family and the Church in a Changing Society: An Introduction to the Socio-Cultural Issues” by Mary Racelis, Ph.D

• “Gender and Family Dynamics: Building Climate Resilience Among the Urban Poor” by Emma E. Porio, Ph.D

• “Gender Roles in the Context of Feminization of Migration: Challenge to Papal Teachings?” by Agnes M. Brazal, Ph.D
Reactor: Fr. Ruben Tanseco, SJ

For those interested to register, visit (bit.ly/familysymposium); for inquiries, email spuen@ateneo.edu, visit the
LS Theology Department, 3/f Dela Costa Building Ateneo de Manila University or call (02) 426-6001 loc. 5370 / theology.soh@ateneo.edu (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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