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By Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse, Jan. 22, 2023

Mark Regnerus is Contributing Editor of Public Discourse, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, and a senior fellow at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. His research is in the areas of sexual behavior, family, marriage, and religion…. READ MORE

I consider myself lucky to have gotten to know George Cardinal Pell a bit—and that after his 80th year.

Occasionally in life we are presented with opportunities that surprise us—unexpected offers for work, of travel, or the chance to meet someone you never thought you would. This happened to me in 2022, and it was a gift I will treasure for the rest of my days. I was introduced to His Eminence George Cardinal Pell about a year ago, by a mutual friend who had known him for decades. I was seeking advice about organizing a conference on how evidence from the social science of marriage and sexuality reinforces Catholic social teachings on the same, despite popular opinion and a prelate’s claims to the contrary. …

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