Disinvite Fr James Martin from the World Meeting of Families

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Dear Archbishop Martin,

 

The hosting by your Archdiocese of the World Meeting of Families should be a joyful occasion for Ireland. The choice of Dublin as venue by Pope Francis should serve as a consolation for Ireland at a difficult time and is of course the effective reason for the Pope’s pastoral visit.

 

We are disappointed and greatly concerned that Fr. James Martin, S.J. will speak at the event, casting a shadow over its proceedings. Fr. Martin is well known for his dissent from Church teaching on sexual morality. He has articulated views which condone homosexual behaviour in contradiction of the Magisterium. To present just one of Fr. Martin’s quotes:

“LGBT Catholics bring unique gifts to the church—both as individuals and as a community. These gifts build up the church in special ways, as St. Paul wrote when he compared the People of God to a human body (1 Cor. 12:12-27).” Fr. Martin makes no distinction between people who struggle courageously with same sex attraction (who cannot therefore be considered “LGTB”) and those who have yielded to an immoral and unnatural lifestyle condemned by the same Apostle whom he quotes above.

 

Fr. Martin is a supporter of New Ways Ministry, a pro homosexual and lesbian religious organisation which has been declared gravely unacceptable by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He has publicly accepted an award from this group, delivered a talk at their event and subsequently developed this talk in to a book.  

 

Fr. Martin is also in disagreement with the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s reference to homosexual inclination as “gravely disordered”. In this way he would prevent those with same sex inclination from arriving at a true understanding of their condition in the light of church teaching and God’s mercy. This is a great disservice to those whom he purports to help.

 

We believe that sowing error and confusion should have no place at the World Meeting of Families. For this reason, we

strongly request you to disinvite Fr. James Martin from speaking at so important an event.

 

Yours faithfully in Christ,