Skip to content

Fr. James Martin critiques 'homophobic' pastors at WMOF

The #1 Catholic Online School
FREE Catholic Classes

By Christine Rousselle (CNA/EWTN)
8/23/2018 (3 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Fr. James Martin, SJ addressed Thursday more than 1,000 people at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.

Highlights

By Christine Rousselle (CNA/EWTN)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
8/23/2018 (3 months ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Fr. James Martin, homophobic, pastors at WMOF


Dublin, Ireland,  (CNA).- His Aug. 23 talk, "Showing Welcome and Respect in our Parishes for ~LGBT People and their Families," encouraged Catholics to "welcome LGBT persons and their families," into parish life.  

The priest said those with "homophobic" pastors, "either silently or overtly," are "out of luck."

Parishes, he said, should strive to listen to LGBT parishioners; "trust that the Holy Spirit will guide them in their formation as Christians and Catholics," rather than "simply repeating Church teaching without considering their lived experience."

Martin's speech warned: "Don't reduce LGBT people to the call to chastity we all share." 
"LGBT people are more than their sexual lives," he said, "and if you talk about chastity with LGBT people, do it as much with straight people."

Martin is the author of "Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity." The book drew praise from Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, and organizer of the World Meeting of Families.

However, critics say the book does not directly address Catholic teaching on celibacy and chastity or engage with Catholics who identify as LGBT while observing the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. The book was criticized by Cardinal Robert Sarah, Archbishop Charles Chaput, and other Church leaders.

New Ways Ministry, a dissenting Catholic group that has been the subject of warnings from the U.S. bishops and the Vatican for confusing Catholic teaching, awarded Fr. Martin in 2016 for having "helped to expand the dialogue on LGBT issues in the Catholic Church."

Martin's Dublin talk outlined six "fundamental insights" that he believes parishes should consider in order to better serve those Catholics who experience same-sex attraction.

He said that such Catholics are "as much as part of the church as Pope Francis, the local bishop or the pastor;" that they did not choose their sexual orientation; that many have been treated as "lepers" by the Church and have high rates of suicide attempts and homelessness.

He added that "LGBT people bring special gifts to the Church, like any group," saying that those with same-sex attraction have compassion for those who are marginalized, because they have experienced marginalization.

He last noted that Catholics who experience same-sex attraction long to know God; and that they are loved by God.

In light of those points, Martin suggested that Catholics examine their own attitudes towards LGBT people and their families to determine whether they harbor underlying feelings of discrimination.

He also said that parishes should acknowledge the LGBT community as part of a parish by mentioning them in homilies or in other presentations; and apologize to them if they have experienced harm from the church.

"You can apologize. It doesn't solve everything, but it's a start," he said.

Martin challenged parishes to advocate for those with same-sex attraction, and to foster a culture of exclusivity. 
"By excluding LGBT people, you are breaking up God's family; you are tearing apart the Body of Christ," he added.

"This is part of what it means to be a Christian: standing up for the marginalized, the persecuted, the beaten down. It's shocking how little the Catholic Church has done this."

The priest's presence at the World Meeting of Families caused considerable controversy before he took the stage. Ahead of the talk, more than 16,000 people signed a petition calling for the Jesuit priest to be disinvited from the event.  

There were also protests by LGBT groups outside of the complex where the World Meeting of Families is being held. Shortly after Martin spoke, about a dozen members of an LGBT group called the "Rainbow Choir" performed two songs--"Something Inside So Strong" and "We Are Family"--outside of the facility.

Jessica Webbley-O' Gorman, who was with the Rainbow Choir, told CNA that the choir decided to perform after LGBT groups were not permitted to participate in the World Meeting of Families. 

Ursula Halligan, an Irish journalist who was one of the organizers of the protest, also questioned the absence of LGBT families from the event. Initially, promotional material for the World Meeting of Families included images of a same-sex couple. These images were later removed.

Prior to the event, the Irish government exerted pressure on the World Meeting of Families, with one government minister warning it should not express "intolerance" of LBGT groups or same-sex couples.

"There should be a welcome for all. And never again should public statements or remarks which seek to isolate certain families be tolerated," said Katherine Zappone, the Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, according to the Irish Times.

Cardinal Farrell responded by saying that the event would revitalize family life and would not exclude anyone.

"This encounter... is to promote the Christian concept of marriage, and the Catholic concept of marriage, and will focus on that. All people are invited, we don't exclude anybody," the cardinal said.

Your Prayer Requests 'LIVE'

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2018
Priests and their Pastoral Ministry.
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.


Comments


More Europe

Pope Francis tells Catholic TV journalists to be 'channels' of peace Watch

Image of

Pope Francis told a Catholic media group Thursday to be avenues of God's peace, sharing the stories of the poor, the least, and the ... continue reading


Pope Francis to visit Mother Teresa's birthplace in 2019 Watch

Image of

The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis will travel to Bulgaria and Macedonia May 5-7, 2019, with a stop in Mother Teresa's ... continue reading


Reports of Pell guilty verdict emerge, despite gag order Watch

Image of

Cardinal George Pell has been convicted by an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse of minors, according to media reports and CNA ... continue reading


Our Lady of Guadalupe remains a 'teacher of the Gospel' through her image Watch

Image of

Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe Wednesday, reflecting on how Mary continues to evangelize Latin America through ... continue reading


Three cardinals dropped from C9 as reform process nears end Watch

Image of

The Vatican said Wednesday that while there are no immediate plans to add new members to the C9, Pope Francis has released the three eldest ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.