Friday, 12 May 2017
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COLF’s 2017 Seminar on Life and Family featured an impressive roster of Canadian, American and European speakers –notably Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian Thought at McGill University and Inès Pélissié du Rausas, Doctor in Philosophy from the Sorbonne.  Each speaker addressed different facets of what Pope Francis has called the “ideology of gender”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


"Man and Woman, He created them"


Rev. Fr. Robert Gauthier

Father Robert Gauthier, PSS, Director of St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, is a native of Saint-Mathias- sur-Richelieu, Québec. He holds two undergraduate degrees: one in political science, literature and journalism from Laval University and another in philosophy and theology from the Major Seminary of Montréal. He obtained a License in Theology from Université de Montréal in 1997 and a second License from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Lateran University in Rome, in 2007. Following the completion of his first undergraduate degree, he spent two years working as a lay missionary in Rawanda (Central Africa). He entered the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Montréal in 1988 and was ordained priest on June 27, 1997. Following his ordination, he served for five years in la paroisse du Précieux-Sang -- a community of 11,500 families. In December 2009 he was admitted to the Society of Les Prêtres de Saint-Sulpice”.

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The politicization of "gender" -  Disfiguring Western Culture


Professor Douglas Farrow

Douglas Farrow is Professor of Christian Thought and holder of the Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies at McGill University in Montreal. He formerly taught at King’s College London. Among his recent books are Ascension Theology and Desiring a Better Country. Professor Farrow is a member of the Academy oCatholic Theologand othe advisory council fothe Institute on Religion and Public Life. He is a frequent contributor to First Things and other journals. He also serves on the advisory board of Nova et Vetera and is co-editor of Ashgates Great Theologians series. Besides teaching theology and ethics at McGill, he works with the Newman Institute and the “Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy” project. He received a Queen  Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions to public discourse on significant social issues. His personal story is told in Canadian Converts.




Pesentation 1 - How did we get here?  Gender Ideology and homosexuality:  nature and causes

Presentation 2 - "Gender" confusion: possible remedies?


Dr. Michael Horne, PhD,

Dr. Michael Horne is Director of Clinical Services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) i2009, where he specialized in child therapy and wrote his doctoral dissertation on violent video games and their impact on the player. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Horne worked in television at KVR9 in Austin, Texas and Houston PBS. Dr. Horne has experience working in several Catholic mental health clinics including Catholic Social Services in Lincoln, Nebraska and the Alpha Omega Clinic in Fairfax, Virginia. He has had the privilege to present along-side Fr. Paul Check and Fr. Bochanski of Courage International on the psychological origins and effects of same sex attraction since 2014. Dr. Horne and his wife, Kara, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia with their three children.


Presentation 1 - How Did We Get Here?  Gender Ideology And Homosexuality:  Nature And Causes: 

Presentation 2 - "Gender" Confusion: Possible Remedies?: 


Presentation 1 - What are parents of preteens to do?  Creating a relation of trust

Presentation 2 - Emotional and sexual education of preteens:  humanizing sexuality


 Ms. Inès Pélissié du Rausas

Inès Pélissié du Rausas is married and has five children. She is a former student of the Faculté libre de philosophie comparée (IPC)   and  holds a PhD in  Philosophy frothe Sorbonne.  Her research on modesty and love has made her a popular speaker with parents; giving them the tools to provide an emotional and sexual education grounded in a realistic anthropology of the person, and informed by the theology of the body of John Paul IIShe continues to publish on these vital issues and teaches at the Institut de Théologie du Corps in Lyon, France.


Presentation1 - What are Parents of preteens to do? Creating a relation of trust: 

 Presentation 2 - Emotional and sexual education of preteens: humanizing sexuality: