As mentioned in previous post, Archbishop Anthony Fisher O.P. delivered a lecture on 2nd July at St Mary’s Cathedral College Hall. His topic was
His introduction sums up the stance he took, which was to convince everybody, not just those with Faith. He emphasis shows his viewpoint – that it is not “a done deal” – that we must fight, and fighting he is. See previous blog with details.
“The campaign to redefine marriage has recently gained such momentum – with now three and soon four bills before the Commonwealth Parliament – that many think it is inevitable; this can leave those with misgivings feeling that they are already losers in a done deal. Some think it’s the inexorable progress of liberty and equality – which leaves the doubters ‘on the wrong side of history’. In this context supporters of classical marriage are presumed to have no real arguments to offer. So tonight I want to offer some reasons – not decrees from on high or from the past, not expressions of hatred or prejudice – but reasons I hope anyone can understand. I also hope you find these reasons persuasive and helpful in proclaiming and witnessing to true marriage among your families, friends and colleagues. But even if you disagree with me on this matter, I hope tonight’s talk will help you understand why Australian law has always held, and many people still hold, that marriage is for people of opposite sex.
I will examine five common slogans in this debate – that it’s all about justice, that sexual differences don’t matter, that it’s all about love, that it’s all about the numbers and that it doesn’t affect me. Along the way I will be offering some reasons for preserving the classical understanding of marriage rather than redefining it to include same-sex ‘marriage’ (SSM).”
Full details of his lecture can be found at :
It is a bit long, but it is broken up into parts, with interesting quotes, diagrams and cartoons. It is a MUST to read.