Don't know if you've caught this little sleight of hand game that Fr. James Martin and his allies are pulling but it's pretty clever. But then again, the devil is pretty clever. Martin wrote his book Building a Bridge, went through all the approvals needed and then went on his speaking tour, using the promotion of the book as his cover. When what he says in his talks is criticized, he talks about his book and says it's been approved by his superiors and has the backing of big-name Churchmen.
He says there's nothing in his book particularly contradictory to the teachings of the Church, regarding homosexuality. That's mostly true. There's not much in supporting Church teaching either. Church teaching is simply largely disregarded one way or the other. The problem isn't his book, and we here at Church Militant have never said the content of his book is particularly at issue. But we have called the book "wicked" because it provides the Trojan horse for Martin to be given a platform where he appears in front of Catholic crowds by the hundreds and that is where he does his damage against the Faith.
These talks and the response to them have created an atmosphere around Martin that then spawn interviews with him in the liberal secular media. And then those interviews become the subject of further interviews and then he does video interviews on social media, which garner attention and responses. And then he tweets about them and then other anti-Church Catholics write articles, defending him and attacking us and other faithful Catholics. And then he posts those articles on his Facebook page and so it goes. None of this is about his book. It's about the heresy he spews when using his book as the excuse. That's what we're talking about here at Church Militant as other faithful Catholics are doing.
So let's do a little recap of the priest's heresies just so we can keep this all focused. Fr. James Martin:
- Asserts that chastity is not required of homosexuals because they haven't "received the teaching"
- Says Catholics should reverence gay "marriage"
- Supports transgenderism in children
- Supports a dissident priest who promotes gay "marriage" and women "priests"
- Calls Catholics who support Church teaching as "homophobic" and "close-minded"
- Affirms the idea of active gays kissing at Mass
- Claims former homosexuals don't lead a fully "integrated life"
- Characterizes censured pro-gay nun Sr. Jeannine Gramick as worthy of sainthood
- Publicly suggests that God created homosexuals that way
- Publicly welcomes the esteem of pro-gay groups condemned by the Holy See
- Publicly promotes homosexuals' ordination to the priesthood
- Publicly supports a scholar who proclaims "Jesus is queer"
- Publicly refers to the Holy Spirit as "She"
None of this is in writing in his book. He's way too clever to put it in writing. He just says it out of his mouth at every turn.
When he's challenged, he either changes the focus and says his book doesn't say any of this or he lets one of his allies in the media world attack us and others as being "haters" and then he retweets or reposts their article. But in no case does he take up the challenge of defending the heresy he spews. His allied Churchmen like Cdl. Tobin, Cdl. Cupich and others leap to his defense, regarding the book and advance the party line of Catholic cyber-militias filled with haters blah blah blah. And then others either invite him or allow him to come to their dioceses and spread his heresy — all the while talking about the book.
Clergy like Abp. Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who wrote an article recently with feint praise for Martin and expressing admiration even and of course slamming us and others for God knows what and then the announcement last week from Fr. Martin that he's going to be speaking in a Jesuit parish in Philly right under Chaput's nose. Is Chaput going to issue a public statement or warning like he's done with us and others, saying don't go to the talk, warning of the heresy? Or is he going to take his usual tack of killing the messengers and calling us names like he did when he paid tribute to pro-death politicians in the 2015 World Meeting of Families, making them honorary chairmen?
How about it Your Excellency, what's worse, being "mean and divisive" as you word it or the preaching heresy in your archdiocese? If people can't see the heresy and ensuing chaos that comes from all of this then they are blind or they are accomplices for whatever their own personal reasons. The silence from the vast part of the hierarchy over Martin's heresy is astonishing.
Church Militant shows up at a Church of Nice conference, and there are wanted posters and security guards posted on the look-out for us. Father Martin steps into sanctuaries all over the United States to thunderous applause as he says sodomy is a gift from God and should be respected, and God made people this way and those Catholics who disagree are full of hate. Has there ever been a time in the history of the Church where this much spiritual insanity has reigned supreme? It isn't about the book. Stop pretending it is. It never has been, which is why Martin and his buddies are happy to deflect to the book.
It's not about the book. It's about the heresy and ensuing chaos. God help these men before they die.