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Father James Martin, S.J. has an open invitation from Church Militant to discuss his God-given mission of calling all sinners, including active homosexuals, back from their sins. Martin refuses to engage in meaningful dialogue, however, and instead chooses to negatively judge the motives of those who broach the subject.
There's always a personal reason, according to Fr. Martin, why someone disagrees with him: they're "bigots," "homophobes," "hateful." He never offers a substantial reason, based on sound theology or logic, to counter his critics.
During an interview published last month, Fr. Martin gave the following five reasons why Catholics disagree with him:
Most of the vicious stuff has been from the far right. I think there are five reasons for this: 1) fear of the LGBT person as the "other," 2) hatred of LGBT people, 3) visceral disgust at same-sex relations, 4) theological opposition to welcoming LGBT people because that means Church teaching might be changed, which is terrifying to them and 5) most importantly is discomfort with their own sexuality, especially because a few of the critics from the far right are self-professed former gays.
All of the above reasons given deflect from any meaningful dialogue. All the reasons he gives above redound to ad hominem attacks on those who ask to discuss the fact that Jesus equated love with obedience — including obedience to the commands of chastity. In John 14:15, Our Lord said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments."
Father Martin also states above that some Catholics attack him because they fear that "welcoming LGBT people" means that "Church teaching might be changed." Church Militant is more than willing to have an encounter with Fr. Martin and enter into meaningful dialogue to discuss exactly what Church teachings he thinks might need changing in order to accomplish his apparent mission of normalizing the homosexual lifestyle.
Watch the panel discuss how clerical elites seek to censor critics rather than dialogue in The Download — Peasant Catholics.
Resource page on Fr. James Martin.
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