Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church
in Northwest San Antonio.
Local Catholic Church
to host same-sex marriage forum
QSanAntonio, June 20, 2014
Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church on Red Robin Road in far Northwest
San Antonio will play host on June 25 to a forum dubbed, "One, Man,
One Woman: Is there still a case for traditional marriage?"
According to literature promoting the event, the forum will address "Catholic
teaching, public policy and the contemporary same-sex marriage debate."
There will be two panelists: R. Michael Dunnigan, JD, JCL, General Counsel,
St. Joseph Foundation;
and David H. Delany, PhD, Director, Mother
of the Americas Institute. The moderator is Richard Reyna of Guadalupe
R. Michael Dunnigan
According to their web site, the St. Joseph Foundation's "primary
purpose is to assist faithful Catholics in using the means established
by the Church (the system of canon law) to obtain remedies for violations
of their rights within the Church."
The Mother of the Americas Institute is a "think tank assisting the
universal Church and the Church in the United States in the New Evangelization"
which calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize.
In a post on the event's Facebook
page Dunnigan writes this forum is "about marriage, rather than
Dunnigan notes that he will give a "summary of the U.S. legal history
concerning recognition of same-sex marriage, and Dr. Delaney will explain
the Catholic theology of marriage, with a special emphasis on sexual complementarity."
In broad terms, sexual complementarity is the
belief that heterosexual marriage is the only valid form of marriage because
men and women have different anatomies which compliment each other in
procreation. By extension, the theory defines each gender's role in marriage
with men providing family leadership and women being subservient to their
After their presentations, both speakers will "respond to moderator
questions and audience questions, on such subjects as whether the same-sex
marriage movement is analogous to the civil rights movement and whether
recognition of same-sex marriage would harm traditional marriages."
The Mother of the Americas Institute and the St. Joseph Foundation
present "One, Man, One Woman: Is There Still a Case for Traditional
Marriage." A forum on Catholic teaching, public policy and the contemporary
same-sex marriage debate. Wednesday, June 25 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at St.
Anthony Hall, Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church, 15415 Red Robin Road.