Quaestio Disputata: What Male–Female Complementarity Makes Possible: Marriage as a Two-In-One-Flesh Union

Published Date: September 1, 2008 | Topics: Philosophy, Religion, Reviews and Commentaries

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[This article was co-authored by Patrick Lee and Robert P. George.]

The authors, replying to criticisms of the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexual acts presented by Todd Salzman and Michael Lawler in an article in this journal, argue that marriage is a multi-leveled personal union, essentially including the bodily as well as the emotional and volitional levels of the human self. Only sexual acts between a man and a woman who have consented to the kind of union that would be fulfilled by conceiving, bearing, and raising children together (that is, marriage) can consummate or actualize marital communion.

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