Fr. Frank Brennan, a Jesuit law professor at the Australian Catholic University who has held fellowships at Boston College and Georgetown University, argued in an opinion piece published in Eureka Street: “It is high time to draw a distinction between a marriage recognised by civil law and a sacramental marriage.”
Fr. Brennan added that “it would be just and a service to the common good for the State to give some recognition and support to committed, faithful, long-term relationships between gay couples deserving dignity, being able to love and support each other in sickness and in health, until death they do part.”
Oddly, Fr. Brennan still appears to be opposed to gay adoption, saying, “in the case of a child unrelated to any prospective adopting couple, the adoption agency ought be able to have regard to the desirability of a child being brought up in a family with an adult male and an adult female.”
In 2007, Fr. Brennan argued, in the same publication, that Catholics could support Amnesty International despite the organization's pro-abortion rights stance.
Fr. Brennan, according to the text of a speech he delivered at Gonzaga, which is published at the Jesuit Social Justice Centre, has been honored in the past with fellowships from both Georgetown and Boston College.
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