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Jesuit Priest Stands Up for Gay Catholics, Then Faces Backlash

posted on September 18, 2017

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.”

Read at The New York Times