Fr. James Martin: ‘Racism ... Is Our Greatest Injustice’

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by Stephen Wynne  •  •  November 7, 2017   

Makes no mention of abortion in Sunday tweet

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WASHINGTON ( - Father James Martin is portraying racism as America's greatest injustice while remaining mute on the intrinsic evil of abortion.

On Sunday, the celebrity Jesuit took to Twitter to affirm an assertion by Sr. Patricia Chappell, executive director of Pax Christi USA, that "We would rather argue, explain away, or ignore the results that white supremacy supports. We cannot heal what we do not own."

He then tweeted another quote: "Racism in the U.S. is our greatest injustice. I wish us all the moral courage to speak up!"

Sister Chappell's statements came during the November 4–6 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, an annual boot-camp for Jesuit social justice activists.

Billed as "the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the United States," the training camp is the product of the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), an Alinskyite faction that "organizes Jesuit schools and universities in the United States, together with their alumni and all interested parties, in training and advocacy for social justice leadership."

Father Martin's suggestion that racism, and not abortion, is the greatest injustice is in keeping with ISN's ethics.

The group's "Ignatian Family Advocacy Month," held nationwide in March, is silent on advocating for Catholic teaching on marriage, divorce, contraception and abortion. Its "family advocacy" program focuses on "humane migration policy," while its "Ignatian Carbon Challenge" provides high school students "a series of individual and institutional level sustainability challenges, rooted in reflection."

ISN's January 2018 calendar of events prominently displays "National Migration Week" (January 7–13) but makes no mention of pro-life events, like the annual March for Life on January 19 or the "9 Days for Life" prayer campaign, January 18–26.

Martin was hammered by faithful Catholics for his post as they rightly named abortion as America's worst injustice.

One called the homosexualist priest out for refusing to address the link between racism and abortion, tweeting, "Racism of abortion not discussed w your social justice warriors bc they would stop listening to you."


Racism of abortion not discussed w your social justice warriors bc they would stop listening to you.

In light of this analysis, Martin missed an opportunity to shed light on the fact that Planned Parenthood has killed more African-Americans than the Ku Klux Klan — that from its very beginning under founder Margaret Sanger, the abortion giant has targeted black Americans for destruction.

He could have strengthened his argument with a reminder that Sanger, a racist and eugenicist, advanced contraception to weed out the "unfit" from American society and that she even created a specialized campaign against African-Americans — her "Negro Project."

He could have spotlighted the disproportionately high abortion rate among African-Americans, pointing out that although blacks make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, they comprise 30 percent of the country's abortions and that the abortion rate for black teenagers is more than double the national average. Additionally, Martin could have drawn attention to the fact that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood's surgical abortion facilities are located in or within walking distance of predominately African-American and Latino communities.

Martin could have affirmed leading African-American pro-life advocate Rev. Clenard Childress, Jr. in lamenting that abortion "is causing black genocide" — in broadcasting the startling fact that "the most dangerous place for an African-American is to be is in the womb of their African-American mother."

He could have punctuated his tweet with a statistical indictment of American society that with almost 1,800 African-American babies aborted daily, abortion is the greatest destroyer of black lives in the United States today.

Instead, like his comrades at the Ignatian Solidarity Network, Fr. Martin indulges in identity politics while remaining silent on the racism of abortion.

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