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NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - A so-called Catholic LGBT ministry is heralding the canonization of a notorious pederast, the late Harvey Milk.
Out at St. Paul (OASP), the gay and lesbian ministry group based at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in New York City, posted on its Facebook page Tuesday an article lauding the openly gay activist Milk as a saint. Milk is upheld by pro-LGBT activists as a martyr for their leftist cause.
What they hide is the known fact Milk had a homosexual relationship with a mentally disturbed 16-year-old named Jack McKinley and was attracted to others like him.
Milk's biographer Randy Shilts noted in his book The Mayor of Castro Street that the pederast was extremely attracted to "young waifs with substance abuse problems" and "men in their late teens."
Joseph Sciambra, a Catholic advocate who truly cares for the salvation of each individual that struggles with same-sex attraction, also references Shilts' work on Milk. Citing Milk's biography, Sciambra writes, "It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20s that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life."
Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin has often praised Out at St. Paul. Last June, Fr. Martin tweeted
, "'Out at St. Paul' is one of the most vibrant Catholic #LGBT ministries in the country, perhaps the world." He added that the group is "a model for many parishes."
In 2017, the Jesuit called
for Catholics to reverence so-called gay marriage.
Referring to an active homosexual friend in a same-sex marriage, Martin said, "I have a hard time imagining how even the most traditionalist, homophobic, closed-minded Catholic cannot look at my friend and say, 'That is a loving act, and that is a form of love that I don't understand but I have to reverence.'"
Martin's favorite strawman is labeling Catholics who morally object to the homosexual lifestyle as "homophobic," saying such Catholics "hate" people with same-sex attraction.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said
in May that homophobia isn't real.
"Homophobia simply does not exist, it is clearly an invention," he affirmed, saying it was a tactic by activists to dominate "the minds of others."
Among Fr. Martin's many errors regarding LGBT outreach include
- Saying homosexuals are not required to keep chastity
- Saying Catholics should reverence so-called gay marriage
- Supporting transgenderism in children
- Promoting so-called gay marriage
- Affirming that gays should be allowed to kiss at Mass
- Believing that chaste homosexuals aren't leading a fully integrated life
- Insisting God makes people gay
Many bishops refuse to address the issue and are intimidated into silence by such terms, said
"Today some bishops do not have the courage to tell the truth and allow themselves to be intimidated," he said. "They do not understand that homophobia is a deception that serves to threaten the people."
One bishop who is standing up to Martin's deceptive LGBT outreach is Bp. Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas. At the U.S. bishops' November meeting in Baltimore, Strickland seemingly was referencing Martin when he asked
bishops why they let such a person speak in their dioceses.
On Nov. 13, Strickland began
, "Do we believe the doctrine of the Church or not? There's a priest that travels around now basically saying that he doesn't. He seems to be very well promoted in various places."
Then Strickland called his fellow bishops to use their authority to shut down this priest, which was generally understood to be Martin.
"Brothers, I think part of the fraternal correction or the fraternal support we offer each other is to say: can that be presented in our diocese? That same-sex marriage is just fine, and the Church will one day grow to understand that," he asked.
Martin rejected Strickland's claims.
On Nov. 24, Martin stated, "Recently, a cardinal and a bishop both offered their critiques of people who identify as 'LGBT' and my own ministry to LGBT Catholics." He added, "The bishop did not mention me by name, but it was hard to imagine who else he could have been talking about."
Martin has often called for a change in the language of the Catechism of the Catholic Church that refers
in paragraph 2358 to same-sex attraction as being "objectively disordered" and in paragraph 2357 to homosexual acts being "intrinsically disordered." Instead, Martin wants the language to be changed to "differently ordered" — implying that a same-sex orientation is just as legitimate as opposite-sex attraction.
He says this rejection of Church language is owing to sensitivity to homosexuals. Martin has, however, expressed his opinion that active gays
should be able to kiss during Mass and insists homosexuals are "born that way
" and they "can't change
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