He Created Them Male and Female


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.


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.

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