In Fr. James Martin’s own words, seven quotes showing how he is harming the Catholic Faith.
The words of Pope Paul VI could not ring truer than they do today: “From some crack the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” The Catholic Church is under attack from within by some pastors who act more like wolves.
1. Fr. Martin Said Catholics Should “Reverence” Homosexual Unions
On September 5, 2017, at Fordham University, Fr. Martin contradicted Church teaching, saying: “I have a hard time imagining how even the most traditionalist, homophobic, closed-minded Catholic cannot look at my friend [in a same-sex “marriage”] and say, ‘That is a loving act, and that is a form of love that I don’t understand but that I have to reverence.’”
Source: Fordham News, “Building a Bridge Between the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community” (59:42 in the video), available at https://news.fordham.edu/inside-fordham-category/lectures-and-events/building-bridge-catholic-church-lgbt-community/
2. Fr. James Martin Supports Transgenderism for Children
On October 2, 2017, Fr. Martin posted comments supporting a young boy who presented himself as a girl to receive religious education at a Catholic parish. When the parish offered to teach the boy as long as he presented himself according to his biological sex, registered on his baptismal certificate, Fr. Martin objected, calling the Church’s decision “a scandal.” In this case, Fr. Martin supported transgender confusion, which, according to the American College of Pediatricians, is a form of child abuse.
3. Fr. Martin Favors Homosexual Kissing During Mass
During a presentation at Villanova University on August 29, 2017, Fr. Martin told a practicing homosexual who attends Mass, “I hope in ten years you will be able to kiss your partner [in church] or, you know, soon to be your husband.” How can a Catholic priest promote the public display of sacrilegious and sinful behavior during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?
Source: LifeSiteNews.com, “Eight extreme things Fr. James Martin just said about Catholics and gay ‘marriage’” available at https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/eight-extreme-things-fr.-james-martin-just-said-about-catholics-and
4. Fr. James Martin Would “Canonize Sr. Jeannine Gramick,” a Dissident, Pro-Homosexual Nun
During a podcast on June 16, 2017, Fr. Martin said that Sr. Jeannine Gramick, a nun censured by the Vatican for her pro-homosexual activism with New Ways Ministry, should be declared a saint, “I’m going to canonize Sr. Jeannine Gramick.” Catholics should know that Sister Gramick has a record of defiant disobedience. In 1999 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under then-Cardinal Ratzinger, permanently prohibited her “from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons.”
Source: Jesuitical podcast (at minute 32:21), published on America “Father James Martin: L.G.B.T. Catholics have been treated like dirt. We can do better.” at https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/06/16/father-james-martin-lgbt-catholics-have-been-treated-dirt-we-can-do-better
5. Fr. Martin Welcomes Award From Group Condemned by the USCCB
On October 30, 2016, Fr. Martin accepted the “Bridge Building Award” from the pro-homosexual group New Ways Ministry. However, as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Francis Cardinal George, condemned the group, stating:
“Their claim to be Catholic only confuses the faithful regarding the authentic teaching and ministry of the Church with respect to persons with a homosexual inclination. Accordingly, I wish to make it clear that, like other groups that claim to be Catholic but deny central aspects of Church teaching, New Ways Ministry has no approval or recognition from the Catholic Church and that they cannot speak on behalf of the Catholic faithful in the United States.”
Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “USCCB President Clarifies Status of New Ways Ministry” at http://www.usccb.org/news/2010/10-028.cfm
6. Fr. James Martin Tweets Blasphemous Depiction of Our Lady
Fr. Martin tweeted a blasphemous depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe to 169,000 followers on her feast day, December 12, 2017. The offensive image portrays Our Lady with a hiked up skirt and was created by feminist artist Yolanda Lopez to question the “common icon of the ideal woman.” LifeSiteNews.com reports: “In her image of a woman brandishing a snake and treading on an angel, Lopez wished to emphasize ‘strength and power’ through the depiction of muscular thighs. The snake represents sexuality. The angel underfoot represents the patriarchy.”
Source: LifeSiteNews.com, “Pro-gay Vatican adviser tweets immodest image of Mary on Guadalupe feast day” at https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-lgbt-priest-and-vatican-advisor-tweets-immodest-image-of-mary-on-guadal
7. Fr. Martin Undermines Church Teaching With Book, Building a Bridge
Building a Bridge attempts to coax Catholics into accepting the “LGBT” lifestyle within the Church. In fact, Sister Jeannine Gramick, a pro-homosexual nun, wrote a telling blurb for the book: “Fr. Martin shows how the Rosary and the rainbow flag can peacefully meet one another.”
The Catholic University of America’s seminary canceled an appearance by Fr. Martin in 2017 for the following reason: “[S]ince the publication of his book, Building a Bridge, Theological College has experienced increasing negative feedback,” stated a news release issued by the college. “As a result, … the decision was made to withdraw the invitation extended to Father Martin.”
Given the confusion and ambiguity promoted by wolves in sheep’s clothing, let us reiterate what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches regarding homosexuality:
2357 … Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.