Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Catholic Priest Builds Bridge to LGBT Community

Another day...another article about gays.

You'd never have seen this in a Catholic Church 10 or five years ago, even in Boston. Last week, nearly 1,000 Catholics gave a standing ovation to a priest who'd spent an hour criticizing the church for discriminating against gays.

 And nobody shouted him down.

The priest was Jesuit James Martin, author of “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.” The church was St. Ignatius of Loyola, across Commonwealth Avenue from the Brighton mansion where Cardinal Law once lived and police set up crime-scene tape during the sex abuse crisis. 

Among the congregation were giddy 90-year-old nuns; 20-year-olds from Boston College like Matt Stubeck, who waited in a long line for Martin to autograph a book for his gay cousin; devout lay Catholics; daily communicants; and eucharistic ministers who give out communion every Sunday.

 There was also an elderly couple who had driven up from Fall River. Speaking through his tracheotomy, the husband cried as he told Martin and St. Ignatius pastor Joseph Constantino how his gay son was vilified in a church that instructs its faithful, first and foremost, to love one another.

You go online and there it is, vitriol from conservative Catholics. Petition campaigns against him. The speaking invitation rescinded from Catholic University. He’s also been criticized from the left for championing mutual respect when the Catholic catechism still calls “homosexual” acts “intrinsically disordered.” And what about all those closeted, gay-bashing priests?

In a church known for shipping provocative priests to a figurative gulag, James Martin has willingly stuck his neck out. Yet his welcome in Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. — and the slew of bishops publicly praising his book — are signs that such daring is less risky now.

It’s the “Pope Francis effect,” said Martin. Before Francis — who famously said of gays, “Who am I to judge?” — Martin said he never could have published this book at all.

And Marcella Maldonado, 52, at St. Ignatius with her partner and mother-in-law, could not have experienced a “phenomenal” evening. To Maldonado, Martin said nothing radical; instead he asked the church to abandon a radically disordered disdain for gay people like her. “This was a call to arms to be true Catholics,” she said. “Good Catholics.”

Here;  http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/11/19/priest-building-bridge-between-church-and-lgbt-community/dsSdkyc6kv84FodPbnx67H/story.html

Does it seem like Christians love to single out gay sex as sinful....and yet they may give a total pass to their son living with his girlfriend living a life of fornication?


Does it seem like Christians will refuse the chance for practicing gays to teach or preach in church...but still allow a super-obese man who clearly practices gluttony to teach and preach?


Does this change the fact that God doesn't approve of, and never will approve of, sex outside of marriage?  And that marriage is ONLY between one man and one woman?



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