06 Oct 2004
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Why the marriage-based family is best

IntroductionThe year is 2024. The revolution is over. The legal and social understandings of marriage, family and sexuality have been stretched to a point unimagined only a few decades ago. There is a sexual free-for-all and rates of sexual activity are at an all-time high; courts and governments have held that even children have a […]

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16 Aug 2004
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Does catholic teaching sex make sense?

1. Context and challengeLast month Judge J. Thomas Merten of the US District Court in Kansas ruled that mandatory reporting of sexual abuse of minors was unconstitutional because children have a right to sexual self-expression and to privacy[1]. Before we laugh at American absurdities we might recall the hysterical reaction from the AMA and others […]

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23 Jan 2004
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Conference of Catholic Youth Services

1. Context and challenge Have a look at the current TV Times. There are now several programmes premised on the normalcy, even desirability, of unchaste homosexual activity. There are a few that mix sexual attraction with witchcraft or vampirism or both. There are a series of totally unreal ‘reality TV' programmes which contrive to throw […]

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23 Sep 2003
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'Eloquentia perfecta'

Father Rector, Headmaster, Parents, Coaches, Friends and Outstanding Debaters: Might I begin by thanking you for the great privilege of being part of this celebration of the Riverview debating year 2003. …

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