As the same-sex “marriage” debate rages across the nation, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) welcomed an archbishop’s encouraging review of its landmark 2004 book defending traditional marriage.
Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss of Omaha, Nebr. sent his Oct. 11 review of Defending a Higher Law: Why We Must Resist Same-Sex “Marriage” and the Homosexual Movement just as its fourth printing came off the press. He said the 232-page book “addresses virtually every conceivable point in the debate on homosexual marriage (semantic, scientific, social, scriptural, moral).”
“The paper is written with impeccable logic in virtually every section. In some ways it almost reads like a modern format of the Summa Theologica where the opponent’s arguments are laid out and then refuted. The authors are fully in conformity with the teachings of the Church and argue for the Church’s teaching passionately.”
The archbishop acknowledges the book’s limitations in dealing with pastoral issues or the implications of homosexual “adoption.” However, he noted that the laudatory purpose of the book is to defend traditional marriage from a legal and moral point of view.
“This paper makes an important contribution to the public debate surrounding the defense of traditional heterosexual marriage,” the archbishop concludes. “It can serve as a handbook for those who wish to engage in this debate from a Catholic perspective or it can serve as a passionate, fact-based apology for defending traditional marriage as the Church presents it to us. Placing this in the hands of our civic, educational, and parish leaders would serve to bolster the cause of the beauty and uniqueness of Marriage as a divine institution that needs and deserves the support and defense of the Church in America like never before.”
Praise has already come from three American bishops, numerous priests and other pro-family figures. Fellow Nebraskan Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, commented that concerned Christians “cannot ignore the contribution of the book.” EWTN Host Fr. John Trigilio termed it “a thoroughly objective, rational, logical and factual analysis of the homosexual myth currently permeating the modern society.”
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