Monday, July 31, 2017

“Queer theology” in U.K. Sunday schools and the Catholic perspective on end of life issues on next FOT

Dr. Martin Parsons, The Barnabas Fund
Recently the British government demanded that seminaries in the United Kingdom include a “queer theology” in their courses and a directive that Sunday schools must also incorporate LGBT beliefs for children.

The directive came from a report by Wilton Park, an agency of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office which said that a reinterpretation of scripture was needed to make it compatible with LGBT theology. The Barnabas Fund, a Christian group serving persecuted Christians globally, has condemned the report saying if the report were implemented it “would massively reverse freedom of religion across the globe.”

Joining Deacon Mike Manno and Pam Briddell Tuesday to discuss this matter will be Dr. Martin Parsons, head of research and director of studies for Barnabas Fund – aid agency supporting persecuted Christians. Dr. Parsons has a PhD in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations. He has previously worked for a number of years in two countries in the Islamic world where Christians are either openly persecuted (Afghanistan) or face significant discrimination and individual acts of persecution (Pakistan).

Laura Wenman
Mercy Hospital Des Moines
After Dr. Parsons, we’ll be joined by Laura Wenman, chair of the ethics committee at Mercy Hospital to discuss issues surrounding end of life medical decisions. Laura will discuss the Catholic perspective as well as the recent case of Little Charlie Gard, the 11 month old infant that a London hospital went to court, successfully, to remove the baby’s life support and to prevent the parents from seeking treatment elsewhere.

This will be an interesting hour filled with topics that are currently in the news. Join Deacon Mike and Pam at 10 a.m. (Central) on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming live on You can also access the program on our free downloadable app from the app store. The program will be rebroadcast at 10 p.m. and podcasts of previous programs can be found here.

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