DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Church Militant poll reveals overwhelming support for Fr. James Martin to be laicized for espousing heresy.
Designed to gauge views on Fr. Martin's public promotion of active homosexuality, the survey provoked a hefty response, garnering 4,978 votes.
When asked "What do you think should be done to Fr. James Martin?" respondents were presented four categories from which to choose:
The vast majority of those voting — 77 percent — called for Fr. Martin to be defrocked and laicized.
Meanwhile, 7 percent took the opposite view, saying the heterodox priest should be actively supported in his ministry to gays.
Only 2 percent of respondents cast their lot with the status quo, voting Fr. Martin should be ignored and left alone.
And 13 percent recommended Fr. Martin be rebuked or publicly censured but allowed to remain a priest.
Though not scientific, the poll reflects a broad consensus among followers of Church Militant, the majority of whom are orthodox in belief, that promoters of homosexualist heresy should be uprooted from positions of power within the Church.
It also points to a broader implication: That faithful Catholics — those holding fast to the Magisterial teachings of the Church — grasp the threat Fr. Martin and his agenda pose to the Church and to the salvation of untold millions.
As Church Militant has repeatedly warned, civil war is breaking out within the Church over the issue of active homosexuality.
The Catholic Church teaches with infallible certainty that marriage exists only between one man and one woman, but two-thirds of American Catholics now dissent from this truth.
In June, the Pew Research Center released a study of support for same-sex "marriage" in the United States. It found that the rate of acceptance among America's Catholic population now stands at 67 percent — higher than the national figure (62 percent) and nearly double the rate among Evangelical Protestants (35 percent).
"Marriage equality Catholics" are now the majority inside the Church, and their numbers are climbing rapidly.
In a June 2015 study released just before Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex "marriage," Pew Research found that a majority of American Catholics (56 percent) supported legalization of gay marriage.
In 2017, that figure was 11 percent higher, meaning that in just two years, more than 5 million U.S. Catholics turned away from the Church's position on the issue.
The trend among Catholic laity corresponds to swelling dissent within the ranks of the American clergy. Over the past half-century, the priesthood has been inundated by a tsunami of modernist, homosexualist ideology, so that today, men like Fr. Martin are permitted to publicly flout Church teaching on homosexuality without fear of censure.
Meanwhile, orthodox Catholics who fulfill their duty to boldly and resolutely defend the Faith are publicly derided by certain prelates for "badmouthing" and are even branded a "cancer" in the Church.
With confusion and conflict mushrooming inside the Church, orthodox prelates are rallying the faithful to hold ever tighter to truth.
In an interview with Australia's Catholic Outlook last week, Cdl. Raymond Burke addressed the growing divide within the Church and its implications. Catholics, he said, must redouble their efforts to live out the Faith with fidelity, clarity and courage.
"We should cling all the more faithfully to what the Church has always taught and practiced," Burke instructed. "And that way we will really save our own souls with the help of God's grace, which, of course, we must always be about."
In this way, he assured, "[W]e will truly serve the good of our brothers and sisters and the good of our world."