Douglas Farrow and Others
in defense of so-called heteronormativity and other supposed heresies,
from a Christian and specifically Catholic perspective, for the
purpose of public debate:
1) Homo sapiens is a sexually dimorphic species that depends
for its propagation and socialization on the complementary differences
between male and female.
2) Sexual difference, not variation in sexual inclination or
"orientation," is fundamental to the existence and well-being
of the human race.
3) A human being comprises body and soul, and human sexual desires
are influenced by developments and disorders of both body and
4) Sexual desire, sexual intention, and sexual action must be
distinguished, whether for psychological or moral or legal purposes,
and each may be well ordered or disordered.
5) Well-ordered sexual intentions have in view goods both of
body and of soul, goods that are at once personal and societal.
6) Consideration of these goods ought to respect the conjugal
nature and reproductive potential of the most fundamental sexual
7) Consideration of these goods ought to respect the highest
human good, which is enjoyment of God and of one another in God.
8) All human persons are constitutionally ordered to this highest
good and as such are deserving of respect regardless of their
desires, intentions, or actions.
9) All persons are capable, by intention or action, of subverting
the human vocation and, insofar as they do so, are deserving of
disapprobation and well served by appropriate social penalties
that do not infringe upon their elemental rights.
10) The full development of a person is possible without sexual
intimacy; where sexual intimacy is chosen, the faithful marriage
of man and woman provides the only context in which that intimacy
can be properly realized and fully expressed.
11) Moreover, the marriage of man and woman, by virtue of the
natural law of fecundity, establishes a society more primitive
than the state and bears inalienable rights untouchable by the
state, which indeed is obligated to offer that society its support.
12) It is therefore right that public policy should encourage
the well-being of the natural family unit and discourage activities
that fundamentally undermine it, including sexual activities;
fornication, for example, whether inter-sex or same-sex, ought
to be discouraged in a manner respectful of individual freedom
13) The above claims have public relevance because they concern
the public good; they are no more or less discriminatory than
other bona fide claims about the public good, and their contraries
or alternatives have no greater prima facie claim to public consideration.
Douglas Farrow is professor of Christian Thought at McGill