Lay Catholic leaders to tackle divorce, homosexuality

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MANILA, July 7, 2015— Caring for “wounded families” and pastoral care for homosexual persons are among the topics that will tackled in a forum on marriage and family, with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle among the speakers.

Heads of family ministries of the different dioceses, pro-life advocates, and faith-based groups will convene at the Century Park Hotel in Manila on July 25 for a monumental conference, during which significant issues facing the Church and Filipino families will be discussed.

The so-called Marriage Encounter National Congress is the country’s second forum of its kind which seeks to formulate motions for the two-week Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in October.

Organized by the Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (MEFP), the forum will serve as a venue for consensus-building on common marital and family enrichment programs that can be shared by faith-based orgnizations.

Tagle will deliver the keynote speech, while Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, will be the opening plenary speaker.

Issues on divorce and single-parent families will be discussed by Jesuit Fr. Rex Mananzan, while Fr. Daniel Healy, spiritual director of Courage Philippines, will talk about pastoral attention towards persons with homosexual tendencies.

Other speakers include Fr. Dominador Guzman, Jr., SSP, on Pastoral Care for Couples Civilly Married or Living Together; Ms. Mitos Rivera on The Transmission of Life and the Challenge of the Declining Birthrate; Fr. Benito Tuazon on Guiding Engaged Couples in their Preparation for Marriage; Fr. Ruben Tanseco, SJ, on Accompanying Married Couples in the Initial Years of Marriage; and Fr. Anton Pascual who will focus on Upbringing and the Role of the Family in Evangelization. (Luke Godoy/CBCPNews)

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