Attending the World Meeting of Families, much like living in a family, involves difficult decisions and sacrifices. This is actually a good problem to have: There are just too many outstanding speakers here, and we can't hear them all. In addition to the six keynote addresses this week, there are five "breakout sessions" where we have to choose from a total of 73 options.
And the people giving these breakout sessions include some of the biggest names in the Catholic Church, speakers who would be keynoting at many conferences. People like Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles; Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Scott Hahn of Franciscan University in Steubenville; Robert P. George of Princeton; Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior of the Sisters of Life; Theology of the Body popularizer Christopher West; Janet Smith of "Contraception: Why Not" fame; Carolyn Woo, CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services; and many, many more. How to choose?
The stature of the breakout speakers underlines how truly impressive the lineup of keynoters is.
Today at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, we hear from Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum for Human and Christian Development, on "The Light of the Family in a Dark World."
Then at 3 p.m., Helen Alvaré will speak about "Creating the Future: The Fertility of Christian Love." In addition to serving as a law professor at George Mason University and a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Alvaré also writes for America magazine, and finished in a strong second place (with Cardinal Walter Kasper and Msgr. Michael Heintz of Notre Dame) to Northwest Catholic for the 2015 Catholic Press Award for "Best Explanation of the Church's Position on Marriage."
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