"Every confessor and seminarian, anyone involved in marriage preparation, and any moral theology professor ought to ensure that this volume finds a place of honor in one's theological Library." -Father Peter Stravinskas, President, Catholic Education Foundation 🎅 🎁 🎄

Mere Marriage: Sexual Difference and Christian Doctrine

Pope Saint John Paul's

'Game Changer'

Proposes:

A Catholic Doctrine of Sexual Difference!!!

(see: Testimonials & Reviews, below)

Mere Marriage: Sexual Difference and Christian Doctrine

is a Doctoral Dissertation Showing how:

Pope Saint John Paul's

Theology of the Body

integrates

Marriage, Marriage Acts, Humanae Vitae,

Human Dignity, all Christian Mysteries, all Sacraments, and all Grace;

in a

Sacramental Anthropology of Marriage.

that,

Unfolds Scripture's Mystical Symbolism to Show the Ultimate Spiritual Meaning of Conjugal Love,

-its Anagogic Dimension.

The

Theology of the Body

is

Pope Saint John Paul's

Great Reckoning with Secularism,

and

Vanquishing Maneuver

in the

Culture Wars,

and is to be

Heralded

as

the (very, very) 'Good News' About Marriage

and a

Development of Christian Doctrine,

for the

Greater

Honor

and

Glory

of

God!









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Professor Rocco Buttiglione, Intellectual Biographer, Member of the European Parliament and Friend of John Paul II

James Thunder, New Oxford Review September 28th 2021

Fr. Peter Stravinskas, President Catholic Education Foundation

Dennis J. Billy, CSsR, Robert F. Leavitt Distinguished Chair in Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore

Christopher West, ThD, President, Theology of the Body Institute.

Daniel Avila, J.D., M.A. Author: Marriage as a Conjugal Reality

Mary Ellen Bork

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“Mere Marriage is a well developed and exceedingly relevant study. I know of no other work that has delved so deeply into correspondences between the Greek Fathers and Wojtyla’s Theology of the Body.”

From the foreword by Professor Rocco Buttiglione, Intellectual Biographer, Member of the European Parliament and Friend of John Paul II

JPII's 'Game Changer' | New Oxford Review
"Cannon’s thesis is that Pope Saint John Paul II’s understanding of the marital act “develops the [moral] doctrine of Humanae Vitae and opens a new horizon for theological anthropology,” the Christian view of man. This affects our understanding of all the Christian mysteries. The saint-pope “brought a vision of the Christian mysteries of Creation, Redemption and Sanctification, vocations, grace and sacraments into view all unified in a sacramental presentation of Christian Marriage.” Additional mysteries impacted by this vision are the Trinity, the Hypostatic Union (one person; two natures), the Paschal Mystery, and the Eucharist.
The Theology of the Body develops the moral doctrine of Humane Vitae by identifying the conjugal act…as a mystical image of the Blessed Trinity, in addition to being the mysterium magnum [great mystery] of the relationship between Christ and the Church of Eph. 5:32, and the “mystery hidden from eternity in God” of Eph. 3:9. This…imaging of the Blessed Trinity,,,goes beyond the boundaries of analogy. …Instead, as used theologically, the image belongs to a mystical category which includes image, icon, sign and sacrament…
By transcending the constraints of analogy,…this scripturally grounded mystical symbolism unfolds the anagogic dimensions of the conjugal act — its ultimate mystical and spiritual meaning…"

James Thunder | September 28th 2021For the Full Review, Click on: JPII's 'Game Changer' | New Oxford Review (Above)

"Every confessor and seminarian, anyone involved in marriage preparation, and any moral theology professor, ought to ensure that Mere Marriage finds a place of honor in one's theological library."

Fr. Peter Stravinskas, President Catholic Education Foundation

“Mere Marriage makes an important contribution to moral theology by demonstrating that John Paul II’s understanding of the conjugal act is a development of the Church’s teaching in Humanae vitae. Using Newman’s seven key indicators of a development of doctrine and insights from Michael Buckley, S.J., it compares Paul VI’s Humanae vitae with John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to show that the anagogic inferences in the latter lie soundly in the area of theological argument and constitute an authentic development of Church teaching. This book is a welcome contribution to the study of Marriage and Family and would be an excellent resource for courses in Catholic moral theology on the topic.”

Dennis J. Billy, CSsR, Robert F. Leavitt Distinguished Chair in Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore

“Dedicated, faithful scholars like Andrew Cannon work diligently behind the scenes to provide solid ground for evangelists. I am very grateful to Dr. Cannon for his important book, Mere Marriage, which demonstrates that Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body combines theological rigor and continuity with sacred tradition to propose an understanding of conjugal love, grace, sacraments, and Christian Mysteries, commensurate with the needs of the new evangelization.”

Christopher West, ThD, President, Theology of the Body Institute.

I learned so much from your exhaustive yet understandable treatment of the subject. I am grateful that you decided to pursued the doctoral studies required for you to substantiate your intuitive conviction that as the book cover puts it, JPII's reflections were a "game changer."

Daniel Avila, J.D., M.A. Author: Marriage as a Conjugal Reality

“Mere Marriage will speak to many who have been inadequately taught for the last fifty years about what makes marriage sacred. Chronicling the wisdom of Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, and John Henry Newman is providential, as all three are newly canonized saints.”

Mary Ellen Bork

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