Christian Connection sponsors film & debate on celibacy
Last month Christian Connection was one of the sponsors of a challenging film and debate on celibacy in the Catholic Church.
Professional clergy fail to relate to the sexual and relational needs of ordinary people on a daily basis.
The Pope’s visit inspired a film director John Deery, to rent the Odeon West End to show his film “Conspiracy of Silence” which was a drama about the Catholic Church, the issue of celibacy for priests and the personal issues it posed for them. After the film, there was a passionate debate about the issue, featuring among others, comedian, Frank Skinner, Dame Helena Kennedy QC and the Catholic Bishop of Nottingham with very lively contributions from the floor as well. The event received several mentions in the media, in the Times, Radio 4’s World Tonight, and also the Church Times, Christianity Magazine, Inspire Magazine and Ship of Fools.
It was an opportunity for Christian Connection to become involved in an important and topical debate with a wider audience. Many Christians, not just Catholic Priests, struggle to reconcile the call of faith and theological teaching with modern attitudes to relationships, sex and marriage. There are so many questions which people rarely get a chance to ask or get many helpful answers from their churches.
Here are some links about the evening:
Simon Jenkins blog – featured on Ship of Fools