Session 1 Panel 3

The Logic of Complementarity: Why Mothers and Fathers Matter in Amoris Laetitia

10:00 - 11:00    Panel 3 The Logic of Complementarity: Why Mothers and Fathers Matter in Amoris Laetitia
(Hall 8D) – EN 🎧 ES

Moderator: Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archdiocese of Birmingham.
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Panellists:     

•  Claire and John Grabowski, USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family & Youth, USA 
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•  Marie Gabrielle and Emmanuel Ménager, TOBEC, France 
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•  Dr Antonio Crespo, ELDE, Meeting Point and the Plataforma San Calisto, Spain 
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Pope Francis tells us that “there is a failure to realise that only the exclusive and indissoluble union between a man and a woman has a plenary role to play in society as a stable commitment that bears fruit in new life” (AL, 52). “The couple that loves and begets life is a true, living icon […] capable of revealing God the Creator and Saviour” (AL, 11). As such, this panel discussion considers the importance of complementarity as reflected in Amoris Laetitia. 

Biographies

Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archdiocese of Birmingham

Bernard Longley was installed as Archbishop of Birmingham in 2009. He was born in Manchester in 1955 and educated at Xaverian College, Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music, New College Oxford, and St John’s Seminary Wonersh (also Theology Tutor, 1987-96). He was ordained priest in 1981, was assistant priest at St Joseph’s, Epsom, 1982-85, lived in the English College, Rome, 1985-87. He has worked on the Diocesan Committee for Christian Unity, and as Catholic Bishops’ Conference National Ecumenical Officer. He was Moderator of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, 1999-2003 and Assistant General Secretary, 2000-03 and Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster 2003-09. He was Co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Committee, 2011-2017. He has been a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation since 2011 and since 2012 co-chair of ARCIC. He is Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department for Dialogue and Unity and the Commission for Overseas Seminaries.

Claire and John Grabowski, USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family & Youth, USA 

Married for 33 years, John and Claire have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.  They have done marriage ministry together for over 20 years, and Cana ministry for 8 years, and served on the Pontifical Council for the family since 2009.  They are the authors of a commentary on Familiaris consortio and One Body: A Program of Marriage Formation for the New Evangelization.  They have spoken to groups of laity, priests, and bishops across the United States. Claire has been a Catholic educator, stay at home mother, in-home childcare provider, financial administrator, care-giver and companion to the elderly.  John has taught moral theology at The Catholic University of America for the last 26 years. A theological consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in 2015 he was appointed to serve as an expert at the Synod of Bishops on the Family. He is the author of many books.

Marie Gabrielle and Emmanuel Ménager, TOBEC, France

Emmanuel and Marie Gabrielle Ménager have been married for 32 years, with 5 children. He is a consultant in process management, and has studied theology. An engineer of information technology, he is the founder of the youth movement Life and Faith. He is a Knight of Columbus. Gabrielle is Catholic coordinator for Europe for Family Life Alpha International. She has studied Fundamental theology, anthropology and Christian leadership training. They have been involved in marriage preparation for many years. and are co-founders of TOBEC (Theology Of the Body European Center) since 2012. Gabrielle is the founder of a “Family school” supporting parents in the education of their child.

Dr Antonio Crespo, ELDE, Meeting Point and the Plataforma San Calisto, Spain

Antonio Crespo is the father of 6 sons. He is a graduate in Mathematic Science and has a post graduate degree from IESE Business school. He is the co-founder of “Parents in Action”, a platform that promotes and defends the right of parents to educate their children according to their moral and religious convictions. He is Adjunct Professor in the Masters programme for Pastoral Family Agents at the Pontificio Istituto Teologico Giovanni Paolo II in Spain, co-delegate of Pastoral Care of the Family in the Archdiocese of Madrid. He has extensive experience in promoting and developing initiatives within parishes and catholic groups: family schools, marriage preparation courses, affective-sexual education courses for parents and teenagers, accompanying married couples. He is co-author of “The Meeting point” course of Affective-Sexual Education for Young People, which presented to the Pontifical Council for the Family in Krakow. 

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