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By Donald DeMarco, Crisis Magazine, May 14, 2024

Donald DeMarco is professor emeritus of Saint Jerome’s University and an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is a regular columnist for the Saint Austin Review and the author, most recently, of Reflections on the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Search for Understanding.

The phrase “two-in-one-flesh” should not be understood as giving marital intimacy a poetic touch. It is far more literal than that.

Donald DeMarcoGenesis 2:21-24 speaks of the married couple as becoming “two-in-one-flesh.” This phrase specifies the uniqueness of the union between husband and wife. But its meaning goes far beyond that and has implications for a theology of the body in which science plays an important role in shedding light on its deeper meaning. The phrase should not be understood as giving marital intimacy a poetic touch. It is far more literal than that.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2357) teaches that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and makes it very clear that the Church can never approve homosexual activity. However, Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, has issued a call for the Catholic description of homosexual acts as “intrinsically disordered” to be changed. …

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