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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Whatever happened to Marriage? - Patrick Treacy SC - CTS Explanations

Whatever happened to Marriage?
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 
9781784695750
eISBN 9781784695941
ASIN B07DG2V9ML
CTS Booklet Ex61


Over the last several years, I have read over 175 volumes from the CTS. I have read books from many series. And many authors. I have read several books that are part of the CTS Devotions and Prayer Series. I have read many in the CTS Biographies and also Saints of the Isles Series, and the Great Saints SeriesOver the last several years, I have read over 175 volumes from the CTS. I have read books from many series. And many authors. I have read several books that are part of the CTS Devotions and Prayer Series. I have read many in the CTS Biographies and also Saints of the Isles Series, and the Great Saints Series. This is the first by Patrick Tracey that I have read, and I believe it is his only book to date. The beginning of the description of the booklet is:

“In 2016, Pope Francis said that “Today, there is a global war trying to destroy marriage … they don’t destroy it with weapons, but with ideas.” What are these ideas? This booklet explores the Catholic understanding of marriage based upon biblical revelation and the objective nature of the human person. It explores the legal deconstruction of the family in many countries who adopt models based almost exclusively on the individual. Most critically, this booklet explains the five ideas:”

Those five ideas are Excarnation, Gender Theory, Equalism, Dehumanised rights, and Adolescent progressivism. And the chapters in the book are:

Summary
Introduction: An Overview Of What Has Happened To Marriage 
Part One: The True Nature Of Marriage 
     1. The Understanding Of Marriage Of The Catholic Church 
     2. The Human Ecology Of Marriage 
Part Two: The Denial Of The Objective Truth Of Marriage 
     1. The Autonomy Of The Individual Will 
     2. The Legal Deconstruction Of The Family 
     3. The Adoption Of Models 
Part Three: The Five Ideas That Destroy Marriage 
     1. Excarnation 
     2. Gender Theory 
     3. Equalism 
     4. Dehumanised Rights 
     5. Adolescent Progressivism 
Conclusion: The Age Of Sin Against The Creator 
Endnotes

The Summary at the beginning of the book states:

“Speaking in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 1st October 2016, Pope Francis said that “today, there is a global war trying to destroy marriage....[T]hey don’t destroy it with weapons, but with ideas.” This booklet explores the ideas that are destroying marriage. 

In the first part, the true nature of marriage is set out, as understood by the Catholic Church, based upon biblical revelation and the objective nature of the human person. 

The second part of the booklet then explores a precise description of the problem defined by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation On Love in the Family, Amoris Laetitia (2016), in which he says: “Many countries are witnessing a legal deconstruction of the family, tending to adopt models based almost exclusively on the autonomy of the individual will.” 

The third and final part of the booklet then explains the five ideas of excarnation, gender theory, equalism, dehumanised rights and adolescent progressivism that have facilitated a false understanding of marriage to gain currency in Western societies.”

And that summary is really an outline of the information the book will present. It is a book that does not pull any punches. It does not try to be politically correct. Nor does it tries to be offensive. It just states clearly and concisely the churches teachings on Marriage, what it is, what it can be. And it outlines changes in society that are opposed to those traditional teachings. It is written clearly and concisely. And it does tackle some of the biggest political juggernauts in society, culture, and the western world today.

It goes back to some of Pope Francis’s first remarks in the United States in 2015 where at the White House and before Congress he is clear about his concern for the family, and the threats against it. It is very well written and impeccably researched. It is a book that will raise the ire of many. And a book the rest of us should read to know how we got here and where it is headed. 

The topics broached are not easy. But it is written in an easy way to understand and follow. An excellent volume for Catholics the world over to read. I can recommend this this volume. It is a great resource from the Catholic Truth Society! 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.


For reviews of other books in the CTS Explanations series click here.

Books in the CTS Explanations Series:
Marriage Annulment in the Catholic Church
Jehovah’s Witnesses
Does the Church oppress Women?
Organ Transplant – and the definition of Death
Abortion
Be Yourself An Explanation of Humility - William Lawson SJ
Gene Therapy – and Human Genetic Engineering
Prenatal tests
Gift of life and Love
Islam
Euthanasia
Infertility
Homosexuality
Cloning and Stem Cell Research
Contraception and Chastity
Freemasonry and the Christian Faith
Intelligent Life in the Universe
Spirits, Mediums & The Afterlife


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