JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
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With the SCOTUS decision on marriage equality from two days ago it may be interesting to see another version of what used to be seen as restricted/unnatural unions that were demeaning to the concept of marriage.
Back when this work was published in 1927, the "evil" and "mixed" part of this marriage wasn't about same-sex unions, or interracial (the former assignment of illegality overturned only in 1967)--this was a mixed marriage of Catholic and non-Catholic. The pamphlet (which was passed by the Censor Librorum and printed with the imprimatur of the Archbishop of New York) .
The pamphlet states that a "mixed marriage is not a matrimonial union between Christian and non-Christian. Such unions are usually abhorrent to Catholics, though in these days of rampant mammonism...lose their repugnance for what is so contrary to the Christian sentiment and barter their divine birthrite [sic] for earthly gain". The author writes that marriages of this type are "exceedingly rare" and need not gain his attention.
"Technically a mixed marriage is a marriage between a Catholic and a baptized non-Catholic"--that means the other types of mixed marriages are so completely contrary to church teachings that they not even be discussed. This was only 88 years ago, and it makes me wonder what the stern opponents of marriage equality will think of their opinions and beliefs 20/40/60 years hence?