Archbishop Julian Porteous explores the contemporary challenges to sex, gender and marriage; and offers a response from Catholic thinkers in the 20th and 21st centuries.
In this podcast:
- 1:18: The sexual revolution as cultural change leading to shifts in ideas about marriage, sex and gender.
- 8:48: Terms used in the current discussion: sex and gender.
- 12:42: The contemporary disconnect between “natural intimacy and procreation”.
- 13:48: Ideologies of the sexual revolution seek to ignore the truth about human persons, and cannot stand on their own. Therefore these ideologies require the state to reinforce them.
- 15:33: The relationship between sex and gender.
- 16:08: Biological sex.
- 16:49: Psychological sex.
- 17:27: Sociological sex.
- 18:36: The challenge to previously established notions of sex, gender and marriage.
- 20:27: Catholic thought which can respond to challenges: “integral gender complementarity”.
- 22:27: Dietrich von Hildebrand: A metaphysical difference between man and woman.
- 22:14: Edith Stein (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross): The feminine and masculine soul.
- 24:35: Karol Wojtyła (St John Paul II): “Integral complementarity” of man and woman seen in marriage.
- 26:47: Pope Francis: The differences between the sexes are not about power relations, but something much greater. Gender theory destroys femininity.
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This presentation was part of The Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies’ 2016 Colloquium on the theme “The nature of men and women: complementary but different”, hosted in Hobart, Australia.