Fr. James Martin Co-opts Christ Into Normalizing Sin

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  September 18, 2017   

Christ: "Go and sin no more"

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Building on his straw-man argument that the Catholic Church ostracizes homosexuals, Fr. James Martin, S.J. co-opts Christ into his own agenda of normalizing the gay lifestyle.

In a video publicizing his book, Building a Bridge, Fr. Martin in June spoke as if Christ never corrected sinners but only accepted them along with their sinful lifestyles. "Jesus in his public ministry was always trying to include people and made a point of specifically reaching out to people who felt marginalized," says Martin, "because for Jesus there was no one who was other. For Jesus, there was no us and them, there is only us."

Our Lord did show compassion for sinners, but He also made a point of admonishing them to stop sinning — something Fr. Martin never does. In John 8:11, Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, "Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more."

Unlike Our Lord, Fr. Martin never calls homosexuals back from their sins, the same sins for which Christ died on the Cross. Instead, Martin tells them just the opposite — to keep living in sin.

During a September 5 symposium at Fordham University, Fr. Martin called on Catholics to "reverence" the homosexual lifestyle. Referring to an active homosexual friend of his living in a same-sex marriage, Fr. 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.'"

Contrast this with words of Our Lord, Who called the lost sheep back from their sins precisely so that they could be in His loving embrace for all eternity. In John 5:14, Our Lord admonished the man He had just cured: "Afterwards, Jesus findeth him in the temple, and saith to him: Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to thee."

For Fr. Martin, such admonitions are "hate speech," showing how little this priest actually cares for the teachings of Christ.

Watch the panel discuss Fr. James Martin's push to normalize the gay lifestyle in The Download—Perfidious Priest.


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