From October 21-22 (2011), The Thomistic Institute hosted a Conference titled, "Christian Marriage: Nature and Sacrament."
This conference approached the idea of marriage from both theological and cultural perspectives, reflecting on the implications of Christian matrimony in contemporary contexts. The speakers addressed a variety of philosophical and theological issues related to marriage, family, sexuality and culture by recourse to Thomistic anthropology and natural law theory.
The following papers were given at the Conference
Dr. Paul Gondreau (Providence College) “The Natural Institution of Marriage as Foundation and Norm for Sacramental Marriage”
Dr. Paige Hochschild (Mount St. Mary’s University) “What are Children for? St. Thomas and Frederick Engels on the Purpose of Marriage”
Dr. Reinhard Huetter (Duke Divinity School) “The Anthropology of Chastity and the Integrity of the Person”
Dr. Steven Long (Ave Maria University) “Nature vs. Sincerity: On the Possibility of 'Same Sex Marriage'”
Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman (Providence College) “Proposing the Christian Vision of Marriage Today: What Can the Dominican Tradition Teach Us?”
Fr. Michael Sherwin, O.P. (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) “Love in the Ruins: Pastoral Ministry in a Time of Sexual Confusion”