Slippery Jim is at it again. This is his latest controversial tweet:
James Martin, SJ – ✔@JamesMartinSJ – Interesting: “Where the Bible mentions [same-sex sexual] behavior at all, it clearly condemns it. I freely grant that. The issue is precisely whether the biblical judgment is correct. The Bible sanctioned slavery as well and nowhere attacked it as unjust.. https://cac.org/a-deeper-tenor-2019-10-23/ …A Deeper Tenor — Center for Action and Contemplation
Gender and Sexuality A Deeper Tenor Wednesday, October 23, 2019 My deceased friend Walter Wink (1935–2012), a Methodist minister, biblical scholar, theologian, and nonviolent activist, put religion’s… cac.org….
This question (and line of reasoning) came up a few years ago when I was writing for CRUX. Margery Eagan, who was the spirituality columnist at The Boston Globe’s Crux website, posed a question about homosexuality in this column.
Listening to the reading at Mass last week from Ephesians, Margery heard St. Paul say, “Slaves be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling.” The priest explained that times were different back then, and St. Paul was not really condoning slavery. Slavery was a reality in the ancient world, and Paul was a man of his time. We know better now.
Margery had the same question pop into her head as did Fr Martin.
Hearing all this, again, I was left with my perpetual question. In Romans, Corinthians, and Timothy 1, Paul also condemns homosexuality. And those letters, too, have been quoted throughout Christian history to justify treating gay men and woman differently, even to reject them. So how is it that we don’t hear the same “different time” explainers about Paul and homosexuals? How is it that the Church has found a way to discount and dismiss what Paul said repeatedly about slaves, but not discount and dismiss what he said repeatedly about homosexuals?
I don’t have the answer. I simply ask the question.