Chicago cardinal extends invite to Fr. Martin amid cancellations

He will speak March 22 and 23

After a series of speaking appearances were canceled in recent weeks, Jesuit Fr. James Martin received a fresh offer Friday from Cardinal Blase Cupich to address his Chicago archdiocese over two nights during the coming Lenten season. The Windy City invite caps a turbulent week where Martin defended himself — as did two bishops and multiple Catholic commentators — against … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop says attacks on Fr. James Martin driven by homophobia

Writing in America magazine, Bishop Robert McElroy accused Fr. Martin’s critics of a “campaign of distortion,” says a “cancer of vilification is seeping into the institutional life of the Church”

Much of the criticism of Fr James Martin and his book Building a Bridge is part of a “cancer of vilification” in the US Church, a bishop has claimed. Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego said the criticism was often based on “homophobia”, and also served as a “veiled attack” on Pope Francis. Two talks by Fr Martin were cancelled last week, while an address to Cafod in the … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Robert Sarah finds fault with Fr. James Martin’s stance on gays

“For the unmarried – no matter their attractions – faithful chastity requires abstention from sex,” the cardinal wrote in opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal

Catholic outreach to LGBT individuals must always include the truth about Catholic teaching and chastity, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an article responding to Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin. “The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to the LGBT community,” Cardinal Sarah wrote in an op-ed for the Wall … [Read more...]

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Some saints ‘were probably gay’

Faithful Catholics may be in for a surprise when they “get to heaven to be greeted by LGBT men and women,” according to newly appointed Vatican advisor Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Faithful Catholics may be in for a “surprise” when they “get to heaven to be greeted by LGBT men and women,” said a controversial Catholic priest who was appointed by Pope Francis last month to the Vatican’s communications office. Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin, editor-at-large of the Jesuit-run America magazine, made the comment on his Facebook page May 5 after posting a link … [Read more...]

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America Magazine editor appointed to handle Pope’s twitter, Vatican radio, website and tv

Father James Martin, S.J. has personally expressed views that contradict Church teaching on his own Twitter account

Father James Martin, America Magazine‘s editor-at-large, has been appointed by Pope Francis as a consultant to the Vatican’s department for communications — a job that includes manning the Vatican radio, website, tv, and popular papal twitter handle. [CCD editor's note: as this is not a full-time position, Fr. Martin has said he will be staying in New York with America … [Read more...]

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Am I listening to a Catholic priest?

Father James Martin tells Santa Clara University grads that "being holy means being you"

The following comes from a June 13 Santa Clara University press release: In a speech that sounded straight out of “The Colbert Report,” where he was a frequent guest, nationally known Jesuit, Catholic author and commentator James Martin, S.J., entertained and inspired the Santa Clara University graduating class Saturday morning, with advice that was part pastoral, part … [Read more...]

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