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Sat Sep 16, 2017, 10:52 AM


Jesuit Priest faces backlash for standing up for LGBT individuals.


The Rev. James Martin knew his latest book – which urges a dialogue between the Catholic Church and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics who feel estranged from it – would be provocative. Even though the book was approved by his Jesuit superior as being in line with church teachings and was endorsed by several cardinals, he did not expect everyone to agree. That’s fine, he said. That’s why dialogue was needed.

His public position on this hot-button issue – most recently in the book, “Building a Bridge,” but also in speeches, articles and social media – has earned him the gratitude of parents of gay children or adults who feel unwelcome at church because of their sexual orientation. But his stance has also led to “joking” threats of violence and insults against him. Conservative Catholics have called him “effeminate,” a “homosexualist,” “pansified” and guilty of “leading young men to perdition.” In recent weeks, campaigns by people opposed to him have prompted three high-profile Catholic groups to disinvite him from events where he was to be the featured speaker.

But he has also been the victim of ad-hominem attacks, even from other Catholics who, he said, do not seem to remember Pope Francis’s remark that “who am I to judge” if a member of the clergy was gay. He tries to ignore the criticism, but when Catholic Vote, a conservative group, sent out a message – which it said was in jest - that Father Martin had been “beaten like a rented mule” by a Dominican priest, he filed a complaint with Twitter that resulted in the account being temporarily suspended.

That, in turn, prompted Austin Ruse, the president of the Center for Family and Human Rights, to call Father Martin’s reaction “pansified,” dubbing him “Father Snowflake” as well as a “perfidious priest.”

These people attacking Fr. Martin would probably call for Christ's excommunication if He came back and walked into their parish tomorrow.

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Sat Sep 16, 2017, 11:13 AM

1. Center for Family and Human Rights sounds like the Catholic wing of Westboro Baptist Church

Fr. Martin is so scared! NOT!
The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed C-Fam as an anti-LGBT hate group.[7][8] The SPLC has characterized the institute as being "heavily focused on global anti-LGBT work", citing its opposition to United Nations efforts to protect LGBT rights and to study and prevent anti-LGBT violence, and praise of American anti-gay activist Scott Lively.[9] In a statement posted on its website, C-Fam responded that SPLC's criteria is biased against its "conservative opponents"; that SPLC has been accused of inflating its list of hate groups; and that the charges were false.[10]

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