Faithful Catholics Fed Up With Fr. James Martin

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 5, 2017   

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - While homosexualist Jesuit Fr. James Martin is plowing ahead with his agenda to change Catholic Church teaching on sexuality, many faithful Catholics are standing their ground and repulsing his attacks against the Church.

In June, Martin released his book, "Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity," which has been supported by LGBT activists in the Catholic Church and has had minimal criticism from bishops who are considered orthodox.


It's not only his book, however, that has been troublesome, but many things he has said in talks, tweets, writings and interviews that are causing alarm among faithful Catholics.

  • Fr. Martin asserts that chastity is not required of homosexuals
  • Fr. Martin states that Catholics should reverence gay "marriage"
  • Fr. Martin supports transgenderism in children
  • Fr. Martin supports a dissident priest who promotes gay "marriage" and women "priests"
  • Fr. Martin publicly derides Catholics adhering to Church teaching on homosexuality as "homophobic" and "close-minded"
  • Fr. Martin affirms the idea of active gays kissing at Mass
  • Fr. Martin claims former homosexuals don't lead a fully "integrated life"
  • Fr. Martin characterizes censured pro-gay nun Sr. Jeannine Gramick as worthy of sainthood
  • Fr. Martin publicly suggests that God created homosexuals that way
  • Fr. Martin publicly welcomes the esteem of dissident, pro-gay groups condemned by the Holy See
  • Fr. Martin publicly promotes homosexuals' ordination to the priesthood
  • Fr. Martin publicly supports a scholar who proclaims "Jesus is queer"
  • Fr. Martin publicly refers to the Holy Spirit as "She"

Martin has attempted to justify some of his claims, mainly from his book, claiming it was published with the permission of his Jesuit superior and that he has support both openly and behind closed doors from several bishops. 

Both laypeople and other priests, however, are not letting him get away with it.

Others answer:

After New Zealand Bp. Patrick Dunn came out in support of Martin's book, Catholics responded in a newspaper editorial column. They used Catholic doctrine and common sense to refute Dunn's espousal of homosexuality, commenting, "Catholics should have no problem with ready acceptance of those who have a same-sex attraction but are living chastely."

The writer continues, "The bishop seems to be writing more about those who sinfully act out their homosexual inclinations," and asks, "Why does this class of sinner merit such special consideration?"

Martin, however, has been publicly corrected by not only the laity but by bishops. On October 2, Cdl. Robert Sarah rebuked Martin's teachings in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal.

Sarah clarified, "For the unmarried — no matter their attractions — faithful chastity requires abstention from sex."

"With God's grace and our perseverance," he added, "chastity is not only possible, but it will also become the source for true freedom." 

He reinforced Catholic Church teaching that homosexual acts are "gravely sinful and tremendously harmful to the well-being of those who partake in them."

"People who identify as members of the LGBT community are owed this truth in charity," Sarah insisted, "especially from clergy who speak on behalf of the Church about this complex and difficult topic."

Martin, as with nearly all his critics, responded by claiming that Sarah didn't read his book and that he is ignoring "the immense suffering that L.G.B.T. Catholics have felt at the hands of their church."

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