The Church, Marriage, and the Family is a collection of studies mostly written from the point of view of Catholic teaching dealing primarily with marriage and the family, as the title indicates; but the book also ranges into such related topics as feminism, homosexuality, and even pornography. Prepared in connection with the 2004 International Year of the Family, it constituted the program for the 27th annual convention of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (FCS). The contributions include those of some scholars with national and even international reputations such as the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family’s theologian William E. May (with a contribution entitled “The Good of Spouses and Marriage As a Vocation to Holiness”); historian Allan Carlson of the Howard Center and the Family Research Council (“The Future of Marriage and the Family in the United States: Some History Lessons”); and social scientist Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute (“The Global War against Little Girls”).
Among the more than two dozen contributions are: “John Paul II and the Complementarity of Man and Woman,” by John F. Crosby of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, “Catholic Marriage and Feminism” by Sister Mary Prudence Allen, r.s.m., of Denver’s St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, and “Pro-Family Prospects in Congress,” from Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.).
Finally, the book contains a section entitled “In Memoriam: Rev. Msgr. George A. Kelly, 1916–2004.” Msgr. Kelly was the founder of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Included here are a number of tributes to him written by friends and collaborators of his in the work of the Fellowship. They include: Gerard V. Bradley, James Hitchcock, William E. May, Ralph McInerny, Patrick G.D. Riley, Rev. Msgr. William B. Smith, Kenneth D. Whitehead, and Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Wrenn.
Editor Kenneth D. Whitehead is a member of the FCS Board of Directors and author, among other books, of One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Early Church Was the Catholic Church