Crisis Magazine: Fr. Martin’s Bridge to Nowhere

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By Adrian Reimers, Crisis Magazine, October 5, 2018

“[W]hat the Church holds to be true about human sexuality is not a stumbling block. It is the only real path to joy and wholeness. There is no such thing as an ‘LGBTQ Catholic’ or a ‘transgender Catholic’ or a ‘heterosexual Catholic,’ as if our sexual appetites defined who we are; as if these designations described discrete communities of differing but equal integrity within the real ecclesial community, the body of Jesus Christ. This has never been true in the life of the Church, and is not true now. It follows that ‘LGBTQ’ and similar language should not be used in Church documents, because using it suggests that these are real, autonomous groups, and the Church simply doesn’t categorize people that way.”  ∼ Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia

Fr. James Martin, S.J. wrote a book on the Church’s need to build a bridge to the “LGBT community.” In his address to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin he outlined a practical strategy for the Church at all levels, universal, diocesan, and parish, to reach out to this LGBT community with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. The problem is—there is no such community for the Church to reach out to. Fr. Martin is proposing a bridge to nowhere…..Read entire article: