Jesuit Priest Slams ‘Biblical’ Understanding of Sexuality

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 31, 2017   

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NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - James Martin, the infamous homosexualist Jesuit priest, is slamming Evangelical Protestants for standing up for "Biblical sexuality."

An article in The Washington Post is featuring a series of Martin's tweets, advocating homosexuality against Catholic Church teaching.

 


He wrote the tweets in response to what has become known as The Nashville Statement, published on August 29 by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood — a group of Evangelical Protestants calling themselves "a coalition for Biblical sexuality."

The statement is an affirmation of human sexuality as taught in the Bible and agrees with Catholic Church teaching on human sexuality:

  • Marriage as only being between a man and a woman for life, and it is a symbol of the union between Jesus Christ and the Church
  • That chastity is "God's revealed will" for unmarried people, and sex outside of marriage is a sin
  • Men and women are different but complementary
  • People with male "reproductive structures" are male, and those with female "reproductive structures" are female
  • That those adopting "homosexual or transgender self-conception" are inconsistent "with God's Holy purposes in creation and redemption"

Martin has been receiving kudos from dissident pro-homosexual organization New Ways Ministries and has been feverishly promoting his book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect.

He responded on Twitter:

  • Re #Nashville Statement: I affirm: That God loves all LGBT people. I deny: That Jesus wants us to insult, judge or further marginalize them
  • I affirm: That all of us are in need of conversion. I deny: That LGBT people should be in any way singled out as the chief or only sinners
  • I affirm: That when Jesus encountered people on the margins he led with welcome not condemnation. I deny: That Jesus wants anymore judging
  • I affirm: That LGBT people are, by virtue of baptism, full members of the church. I deny: That God wants them to feel that they don't belong
  • I affirm: That LGBT people have been made to feel like dirt by many churches. I deny: That Jesus wants us to add to their immense suffering
  • I affirm: That LGBT people are some of the holiest people I know. I deny: That Jesus wants us to judge others when he clearly forbade it
  • I affirm that the Father loves LGBT people, the Son calls them and the Holy Spirit guides them. I deny nothing about God's love for them

Martin is a champion of the homosexualist mantra of denying Catholic Church teaching on human sexuality and natural law by telling homosexuals and so-called transgenders that God created them that way.

He has claimed the proscriptions listed in the Old Testament and those written by St. Paul in the New Testament "have to be understood in the historical context," adding that in the times of the Old Testament "they didn't understand the phenomenon of homosexuality and bi-sexuality as we do today." He even went so far as to slam Church teaching calling homosexual acts "objectively disordered," saying, "[F]or most LGBT people it is deeply offensive. Imagine being told that a deep part of you, the part that feels love, is disordered."

Martin does not, however, react well to criticism, often accusing his critics of fear and hatred for LGBT, the fear of a change in Church doctrine on homosexuality and of being confused about their own sexuality.

He continues to claim he is supported by his Jesuit superior and confreres, as well as "several cardinals and bishops, both publicly and privately."

He has not, however, responded to questions asking if he himself is a homosexual.

Please pray for Fr. Martin.

 

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Rodney Pelletier

Rodney Pelletier is a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com.

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