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Gay Marriage talk for Catholics coming to SMOTH

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St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church in Rochester Hills will welcome Dr. Monica Miller to speak on the hot topic of Gay Marriage on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. The talk, entitled, “Don’t Know What to Say About Gay Marriage?” will discuss the essential elements of marriage and same-sex marriage according to Church teaching.

The talk, presented by the Religious Freedom Committee at St. Mary of the Hills at 2675 John R Road, is in response to the pressing cultural demands to legalize same-sex marriage, a drive whose ranks have swelled even with Catholic sympathizers.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Miller speak to us on this most important subject. Many Catholics today, who are ignorant of the Church teaching, believe that it is a matter of fairness to grant marriage rights to homosexual couples. They do not know or believe that it (same-sex marriage) poses a danger to society. The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, spoke on this issue at Christmas and clearly warned that it was destructive to the family and even to the human creature,” said a spokesperson from the Committee.

“When our President is promoting gay marriage in his inaugural address and calls it an extension of our forefather’s ‘pioneering’, it is obvious that there is an urgent need to learn the truth and call same-sex marriage what it is: a moral issue,” said the RFC spokesperson.

Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller is professor of Sacred Theology and the Catholic Integrated Core Curriculum at St. Mary's College of Madonna University in Orchard Lake, Michigan. According to an article on her web site, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Dr. Miller affirms: “…same-sex sexual activity is not the moral, social, cultural equal to heterosexual marital unions—and thus should not be granted equal status in law.”

The February event will be held in the main church with a reception immediately following. Dr. Miller who is deeply involved in the pro-life movement, will also be available to sign copies of her book, Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars.

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