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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The 1993 St. Ives Lecture – Natural Law and Civil Rights: From Jefferson’s “Letter to Henry Lee” to Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”

Published Date: January 1, 1993 | Topics: Natural Law, Politics and Current Affairs, Reviews and Commentaries

[This article was adapted from a lecutre delivered by Robert P. George on April 21, 1993.] Read in Catholic University Law Review.

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Private Acts, Public Interests

Published Date: February 1, 2006 | Topics: Natural Law, Philosophy

Theorists of public morality”from the ancient Greek philosophers and Roman jurists on”have noticed that apparently private acts of vice, when they multiply and become widespread, can imperil important public interests. This fact embarrasses philosophical efforts to draw a sharp line that distinguishes a realm of “private” morality that is not subject to law from a […]

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