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HOBOKEN, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A New Jersey priest has gone on the attack against Church Militant while defending pro-gay Fr. James Martin. In an article published Sunday morning, Fr. Alexander Santora, pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken, New Jersey, went on the attack.
In the article, titled "No shrinking violet, Pope Francis punches back," Fr. Santora called this apostolate "notorious of late for calling out any deviation from their self-described orthodoxy, [and] has been getting Jesuit James Martin disinvited from Catholic speaking engagements."
Fr. Santora went on to call Fr. Martin's book Building a Bridge, "a mild book" and "more provocative in tone than doctrine, which it adheres to faithfully."
In February, Church Militant reported on Fr. Santora's praise for a transgender Lutheran pastor and the subsequent silence from the archdiocese of Newark, headed by Cdl. Joseph Tobin, who gave his blessing to an LGBT pilgrimage last April.
Two days after Church Militant's article on Fr. Santora, Santora shot back at the apostolate by tweeting a veiled threat of violence, saying:
Hey, Church Militant, come and show your face here in Hoboken. I'll be wearing my father's Golden Glove boxing gloves and show you how my Golden Glove champ father taught me to treat cowards.
Santora, in March, also wrote an article praising a version of Stations of the Cross in which the events of Christ's Passion are coupled with perceived injustices against homosexuals. For example, "At the station where Jesus is laid in a borrowed tomb, Harvie recalled that some U.S. bishops have refused to grant lesbians or gay men funeral Masses."
Although Santora's Twitter account has been up since 2011, all but one of his tweets date from 2015 and consist largely in criticisms of President Trump and praise for Hillary Clinton.
In November of 2017, he tweeted, "Instead of trying to prevent war with North Korea, Trump stokes the flames of war. How reckless and sick. He needs to go soon or we'll all suffer." However, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has credited Trump for the recent diplomatic breakthroughs on the Korean peninsula, adding Monday that "President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. The only thing we need is peace."
In September 2017, he tweeted that he'd "still vote for Clinton."In October 2016, he had called her a "healer in chief." A year earlier, he said that Clinton, "knocked it out of the park" in the first Democratic primary.
Santora's bishop, Cdl. Joseph Tobin, was among a handful of prelates who have publicly lauded the pro-gay book by Jesuit celebrity priest Fr. James Martin, saying, "Fr. Martin's brave, prophetic and inspiring new book marks an essential step in inviting church leaders to minister with more compassion and in reminding LGBT Catholics that they are as much a part of our church as any other Catholic."
Cardinal Tobin is also among the few prelates to publicly criticize the dubia cardinals, calling the critics of Amoris Laetitia "naive at best."