Erin J. Hahl

Date of Award

Spring 4-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)


The Catholic Church holds that same sex parents do violence to their children as these parental relationships lack two fundamental qualities: the ability to procreate and complementarity. In spite of the Church’s negative view on same sex parenting, its position is flawed as there are significant gaps in the Church’s arguments against same sex parents. By looking more deeply at the Church’s teachings and by considering the progress society has made in its understanding of same sex parents, the Church should reconsider its position, creating a more inclusive church body.