Jesuit Priest Stands Up for Gay Catholics, Then Faces Backlash

The New York Times’s David Gonzalez reports that the Rev. James Martin is facing backlash for “Building a Bridge,” his new book that encourages dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and LGBT Catholics. Gonzalez writes, “Conservative Catholics have called him ‘effeminate,’ a ‘homosexualist,’ ‘a heretic,’ ‘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 have been the featured speaker.” The Jesuit priest said, “If we can’t even begin a dialogue without a charge of heresy, then we need to take a good look at how we understand the gospel.”

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