Despite being in the second half of the annual LGBT History month, events in York show no sign of slowing down. From the city’s universities, York and York St John, to the central library, a wide array of institutions have joined forces to present events which promote public awareness of the LGBT community and their place in history.
On Saturday 13 February Joseph Mishra presented the results of research into the Catholic Church’s perspective on the morality of same-sex relationships, which stemmed from his MA in Theology and Religious Studies. Commencing a weekend of various events across the city, what followed was a lively and intelligent discussion of the Church’s assessment of same-sex relationships in an open and friendly environment. With a balanced introduction to both sides of the debate, it was a fantastic opportunity to gain more insight into the historical relationship between LGBT people and the Catholic Church.
In the concluding arguments, the suggestion of reassessing religious doctrine in line with the requirements of our contemporary society was put forward – with the aim of fostering a more supportive relationship between the Church and the LGBT community in the future.