Session 2 Major Panel 2

The Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: Finding New Language for Ancient Truths.

11:30 - 12:30    Major Panel 2: The Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: Finding New Language for Ancient Truths. 
(Hall 8C) – EN.  🎧 IT, ES FR

Moderator: H.E. Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, USA.
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•    Dr. Lynette and Bosco McShane, Síolta, Ireland
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•    Jose De Jesús Magana Martinez and Pilar Arango, VIVE, Columbia - Text available for download
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•    Barbara Duff, ACCORD, Ireland

“Sexuality is not a means of gratification or entertainment; it is an interpersonal language wherein the other is taken seriously, in his or her sacred and inviolable dignity” (AL, 151). This panel celebrates sexuality as God’s gift that deepens and enriches the life of spouses and contemplates the possibility of developing a new language to express the ancient truths of the scriptures and the Church in this area. 


H.E. Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, USA.

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Blase J. Cupich as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago on September 20, 2014, and to the Congregation for Bishops in 2016 and the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2017.  Cardinal Cupich co-chairs the USCCB Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee, National Dialogue Initiative with Muslims, and is Chancellor of the Catholic Church Extension Society.  Born on March 19, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1975. He obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1971 and attended the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, where he received his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 1974, and his M.A. in Theology in 1975.  He earned a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America in 1987.

Dr. Lynette and Bosco McShane, Síolta, Ireland

Bosco and Dr Lynette McShane are retreat co-ordinators and founders of the Siolta Catholic retreat team. They have 6 young children. Over the past 15 years, they have delivered Catholic retreat programmes in schools and parishes with the aim of leading young people to God through the Sacraments. Bosco and Lynette met through missionary work in Calcutta, founding the charity “Another Pair of Hands”. Following the completion of her PhD in Philosophy, Lynette held the post of Senior Research Officer and then Head of Research at the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health for 6 years, researching suicide in N.I and reviewing the needs of those in services.  A former ladies Gaelic football All-Star for Tyrone, Lynette continues to write in the field of sport and mental health, delivering lectures and workshops across Universities, schools and clubs. Bosco also works professionally as a DJ.

Jose De Jesús Magana Martinez and Pilar Arango, VIVE, Columbia

Jesús Magaña and Pilar Arengo are from Colombia and have four children. Jesús is an international business manager and has a Master’s degree in Social Development, Social Ethics, International Business and Financial analysis. He has worked for the protection of the unborn in Colombia for many years. In 1985, he founded the first pro-life movement in Colombia, VIVE, and since then has been teaching young people the truth about abortion, as well as lobbying politicians and judges to recognise and defend constitutional rights to life. He now coordinates the national pro-life movement, Unidos por la Vida. Pilar is a psychologist. She graduated from La Sabana University in 1993 and did further studies in Logotherapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. She is a member of the Red Familia Colombia, a NGO that defends parental rights in education and explains the impact of gender ideology on public education systems.

Barbara Duff, ACCORD, Ireland

Barbara Duff B.A., H.Dip Ed, is an experienced psychosexual therapist, relationship counsellor and teacher. She works with Accord, the Catholic Marriage Care Service in Ireland. She is an accredited member of the National Association for Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy, NAPCP. From her almost thirty years as a counsellor, Barbara has seen that when relationship problems occur, sexual intimacy is often the first casualty.  Her mission in her work is to help couples identify their relationship challenges and equip them with the skills to resolve them.  Barbara’s publications include  Rekindle the Spark 10: steps to revitalise your relationship (published by Orpen Press), Rekindle the Spark – Save Your Marriage, an online programme available on her website,  and The Ten Secrets to a Happy and Long Lasting Relationship, an ebook available on Amazon.


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