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By Jim Russell
One observer said it well on social media: "We're learning that what we thought was a homosexual subculture is really the culture."
Whether culture or subculture, when it comes to the homosexual clergy crisis that permeates the Catholic Church, the devil really is in the details. Try to follow along as these details stack up. The emerging picture is as diabolical as it is clear.
Here is one such detail. On Aug. 20, a Catholic "LGBT" activist by the name of Xorje Olivares wrote this on his Facebook page: "Guess who's representing when he lands in Ireland??! Now debating whether to do a grito or not..."
A familiar-looking fellow named James Martin responded, "Haha. See you soon. Prepare the way!"
Right below Martin's comment was this from a less-familiar face, Mark-David Janus, who said, "Ireland will never be the same."
There are more details — Olivares was not heading to Dublin for the World Meeting of Families. He was heading there for a parallel event intended to undermine Catholic teaching on homosexuality both alongside the World Meeting of Families and later on at the October Synod of Bishops on youth.
Despite his use of his non-public figure Facebook account, James Martin, the homosexualist Jesuit priest, will certainly be known to readers. He did speak at the Dublin World Meeting of Families.
Less familiar might be Mark-David Janus, who also commented on Olivares' post.
That would be Paulist Father Mark-David Janus, the president and publisher of Paulist Press.
How do Martin and Janus both know Olivares? Because Olivares is a central figure in the massively troubling homosexualist project called Owning Our Faith.
You see, Martin's own Jesuit community is apparently right near the Paulist order mother church, St. Paul the Apostle in New York City. Martin just got done announcing at the World Meeting of Families that the "LGBT ministry" at this parish, called Out at St. Paul, is "one of the most active LGBT outreach programs in the world."
Martin's go-to LGBT outreach is also at the center of the Owning Our Faith project, which blatantly and thoroughly rejects the Church's teaching regarding human sexuality and its perversion in homosexuality.
Want more detail? Father Janus, head honcho at Paulist Press, was part of the "development team" that brought us Owning Our Faith. On that project's website, the aforementioned Olivares says, "Change is coming and we've seen change coming with Pope Francis making all these pro-gay statements and specifically about who's he to judge gay priests and gay people."
But the real force behind Owning Our Faith is — wait for it — that Owning Our Faith is actually St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church doing business as Owning Our Faith. That "doing business as" is how you make a tax-deductible donation to that group.
It gets better — or is that worse? Guess who has been the longtime pastor of St. Paul the Apostle and who is also on the "development team" of Owning Our Faith? That's Fr. Gil Martinez, who, in an Out at St. Paul video proclaims, "The minute you say that Jesus became human, that every single diversity and possibility of being human, is part of the life of God, that's our faith."
It was Fr. Gil Martinez who, when the Owning Our Faith video was released in 2015, personally hand-delivered a copy of that video to Pope Francis himself, in a non-public, non-official audience.
But who was he to judge? Given other details, it appears that Pope Francis did not, in fact, judge. The next figure in our cast now emerges: Cardinal Kevin Farrell.
Cardinal Farrell is prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Cardinal Farrell also is responsible for organizing the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin. Farrell is also the highest-ranking cleric to have his written endorsement appear on the cover of Fr. Martin's flimsy homosexualist volume Building a Bridge — right along with Martin's endorsement from censured co-founder of the dissident "Catholic" homosexualist group New Ways Ministry, Sr. Jeannine Gramick, whom Martin said he'd like to "canonize."
So it's Farrell who, as a darling appointee of Pope Francis, is chief organizer of the event that gives a platform to James Martin. But, as New Ways Ministry just reported, it is also Farrell who was the main celebrant of the closing Mass of the Pastoral Congress portion of the World Meeting of Families. At his right hand was the deacon of the Mass — Deacon Ray Dever, a "guest blogger" for New Ways Ministry who has one child who identifies as "transgender" and a daughter who identifies as "bisexual" or "pansexual."
The daughter, whose name is Emily Dever, was also in Dublin. For the World Meeting of Families, right? Nope, she was part of that same "parallel event" I mentioned above in passing — the one that Xorje Olivares went to Dublin to "represent" at as well.
This other event was sponsored by Equal Future 2018, described on its website as "an international humanitarian campaign which seeks to seize on a moment in history to raise awareness around the world of the damage done to children when they are given the sense that being LGBT would be a misfortune or a disappointment."
In local Irish coverage of the event, it is Deacon Dever's "pansexual" daughter, Emily Dever, who says, "I think the biggest thing is there is no inclusion and there is no outright acceptance ... it's awful and devastating to see someone be told over and over again that you can't be who you are."
And now, all the "details" suddenly come full circle. All the characters in the cast do, too — priests, deacons, Catholic LGBT activists and so-called ministries, cardinals and even Pope Francis himself.
And in the midst of this swirling cauldron of details and actors is, in the words of the Ignatian suscipe prayer, the liberty, the memory, the understanding — the entire will — of Jesuit homosexualist Fr. James Martin.
Thus, when Martin says "prepare the way," we know full well what he means.