Why Bishops Should Condemn Fr. Martin’s Dangerous Bridge

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The crisis in the Church today is accelerating at a speed surprising even by post-conciliar standards. Nowhere is this more obvious than the current shift in how the Catholic Church addresses homosexuality. The election of Pope Francis four years ago, the subsequent synods on the family, and several strategic promotions within the hierarchy have led to a watershed moment in the 2,000 history of the Church.

Later this month Harper Collins will publish the latest book from Jesuit Fr. James Martin, editor at large of America Magazine. Fr. Martin is also well known for his large social media presence (over 100,000 followers on Twitter and more than a half million on Facebook), as well as his past appearances on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, and his consultative work on Martin Scorsese’s recent movie Silence. He was also recently tagged by Pope Francis to join the Secretariat of Communications dicastery in Rome as a consultant on means of evangelizing the world in the digital age.

Here in lies the problem, and it’s known by everyone in the Church, but sadly too often excused or dismissed. Fr. James Martin has become a vocal activist for “LGBT Catholics”, even going so far as to receive awards from dissident groups like New Ways Ministry (who openly support same sex marriage and call for the Church to evolve on this issue).

Fr. Martin also frequently takes to social media with articles and quotes in support of LGBT activism and talking points, only to receive praise from his followers. When doctrine is misstated by those very same followers, or they openly endorse homosexual acts as being holy and normal, he fails to correct them. That he sows confusion is evident after only a few minutes of reviewing his social media accounts.

In many ways, however, Fr. James Martin is a perfect representation of the contemporary Church. He is a post-conciliar poster child. He is the embodiment of the new Francis Church, where accompaniment, encounter, and dialogue (“building bridges”) have pride of place over outdated words such as sin, repentance, conversion, grace, judgement, heaven, or hell.

One only need to look at the endorsements given his soon to be released book Building a Bridge to realize where we are today. We are experiencing one of the great crises in the history of the Church.

Not one, but two, recently promoted cardinals have endorsed Fr. Martin’s book. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who Pope Francis appointed as Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, writes:

“A welcome and much-needed book that will help bishops, priests, pastoral associates, and all church leaders more compassionately minister to the LGBT community. It will also help LGBT Catholics feel more at home in what is, after all, their church.”

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey says:

“In too many parts of our church LGBT people have been made to feel unwelcome, excluded, and even shamed. Father Martin’s brave, prophetic, and inspiring new book marks an essential step in inviting church leaders to minister with more compassion, and in reminding LGBT Catholics that they are as much a part of our church as any other Catholic.”

The very problematic and progressive Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, appointed by Pope Francis, writes:

“The Gospel demands that LGBT Catholics must be genuinely loved and treasured in the life of the church. They are not. [Fr. Martin] provides us with the language, perspective, and sense of urgency to replace a culture of alienation with a culture of merciful inclusion.”

And then, among the endorsements of these prelates, we find Sr. Jeannine Gramick of the previously mentioned New Ways Ministry:

“Father Martin shows how the Rosary and the rainbow flag can peacefully meet each other. A must-read.”

So why would New Ways Ministry invite Fr. Martin to address their Bridge Building Award ceremony, and why would Sr. Gramick be asked to endorse his new book? After all, neither seek accompaniment, but rather acceptance-not of themselves but of their lifestyle.

And this is why we the laity need our bishops and priests, those who still hold to the gospel truth and Catholic doctrine, to condemn this bridge of Fr. Martin’s and an increasing number of bishops and cardinals. The bridge being built isn’t designed for repentance, conversion, and sanctity. It is not a bridge built to lead souls to heaven. In fact, the entire language of this current movement is completely void of the supernatural. It is therapeutic language solely focused on a temporal end: acceptance. It is capitulation to the cultural left rather than proclamation of the gospel truth.

This proposed accompaniment and encounter, this bridge being built, is not meant to bring souls out of sin and into a life of grace, but rather it seeks the conversion of the Church. It waits for the Church to evolve on this topic. Few in the movement care whether or not doctrine can or will change (it can’t); pastoral evolution accomplishes their work for them. At least for now.

By comparison, look to the international apostolate Courage which seeks to help people struggling with same sex attraction. From their site:

Persons with homosexual desires have always been with us; however, until recent times, there has been little, if any, formal outreach from the Church in the way of support groups or information for such persons. Most were left to work out their path on their own. As a result, they found themselves listening to and accepting the secular society’s perspective and opting to act on their same-sex desires.

In concluding their purpose, Courage notes:

In helping individuals gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Church’s teachings, especially in the area of chastity, Courage extends the Church’s invitation to a life of peace and grace. In chaste living, one finds the peace and grace to grow in Christian maturity.

But here is why an apostolate like Courage will receive no public endorsement from the cardinals and bishop quoted above, or from Fr. James Martin: it begins with the clearly stated understanding that the homosexual act, just like pre-martial sex, or adultery, or any other sin of the flesh, must be conquered. Their accompaniment does not come at the cost of sowing confusion or with a tacit endorsement of a continuing homosexual lifestyle.

What Courage does have that the erroneous new movement doesn’t is a profoundly spiritual component. This is their bridge, designed to bring active homosexuals back into a life of grace:

  1. To live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality. ( Chastity )
  2. To dedicate our entire lives to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. (Prayer and Dedication)
  3. To foster a spirit of fellowship in which we may share with one another our thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone. (Fellowship)
  4. To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life; and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining these friendships. (Support)
  5. To live lives that may serve as good examples to others. (Good Example/Role Model)

The other reason why this new bridge being built is dangerous  and must be condemned is that it is part of the ongoing movement to discontinue the very language found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church related to same sex attraction. This, sadly, is consistent with the message being given by Rome these days. But nevertheless, the Catechism instructs:

“Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. 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.” (CCC 2357)

The genesis of Fr. James Martin’s book was an America Magazine essay entitled, Simply Lovingand his address at the October 2016 New Ways Ministry event. Both taken together provide us with the strategy being employed to deemphasize and confuse the Church’s teaching on human sexuality. We can generally break down this faulty bridge building into three components:

The Absence of Conversion: Unlike the Courage apostolate, nowhere in this strategy is repentance or conversion discussed. Instead, the focus is on the overly feminized and therapeutic language objectives of “respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” Fr. Martin notes that this comes directly from paragraph 2358 of the Catechism. However, when separated from the preceding language of the paragraph above, the context and balance is completely lost. Intentionally so. Authentic Catholic accompaniment requires that we include the language of sin and grace, mercy and judgement. Anything less is simply giving our struggling brothers and sisters a false compassion, or worse, affirmation of their error.

The Secular Language of the LGBT Left: Fr. Martin states that people have a right to name themselves. He told his audience at the New Ways ceremony:

“Names are important. Thus, church leaders are invited to be attentive to how they name the L.G.B.T. community and lay to rest phrases like “afflicted with same-sex attraction,” which no L.G.B.T. person I know uses, and even “homosexual person,” which seems overly clinical to many…I’m saying that people have a right to name themselves. Using those names is part of respect.”

In the current environment where self definition has grown to include gender fluidity and transgenderism, Fr. Martin’s words are eerily similar to that of the sexual left. Further, the actual designation of “LGBT” for a group of people was a 1990’s construct of the secular Left. This is an identification with a set of beliefs and an agenda, one based on the approval and promotion of homosexuality as normal behavior. And this brings us to the third and final strategic aim…

The Depersonalization of the SSA Catholic: What the Courage apostolate does so well, and what the Catholic religion has always instructed, is to recognize the dignity of the individual. Fr. Martin and those bishops who support him also claim this. The problem, however, is that the LGBT label and movement that they have decided to embrace does just the opposite. The individual takes a backseat to the group and to the behavior. The same sex attracted Catholic is defined by their sexuality and through identity politics.

It is interesting to note that Fr. Martin acknowledged this himself during his address at New Ways Ministry, although the irony of it seems to have been lost upon him:

“In this, as in all things, Jesus is our model. When Jesus encountered people on the margins, he saw not a category but a person.”

This is not the model he is following however.

What must be done at this time is for faithful bishops, priests, and laity to openly oppose this false mercy proposed through a faulty bridge.

Bishops are the local ordinary for their diocese. They can deny any priest or bishop from speaking within their parishes and authorized conferences. This is what many have done with retired auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, who has frequented some of these very same New Ways Ministry events in the past.

Fr. James Martin will no doubt be promoting this new book heavily in the coming weeks. He will very likely be asked to speak at some parishes or on local Catholic radio. Our bishops and priests, and those in the laity with a platform to communicate the message, must help prevent further confusion.

No one is more threatened by this dangerous bridge than those brothers and sisters with same sex attraction. Let us see more of our priests and prelates directing them toward an apostolate like Courage, and away from those who would seek to “accompany” them right off the cliff.

[Image courtesy of Harper Collins]

Posted on May 7, 2017, in holiness, life and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. VivaVoxLegis

    How did the Jesuits go from inquisitors to this mockery of the Catholic faith?

  2. Great post. Cuts through the confusion being deliberately spread around all areas of human sexuality in our church now.
    False compassion flows from Satan not from Jesus.
    We are living through deeply disturbing times where sexual incontinence has directly resulted in the slaughter of billions of unborn human beings.
    Now we have the transgender nonsense which is going to destroy huge numbers of lives.
    It’s reminiscent of the end of the Roman era except our times are on steroids!

  3. Very good article. I lived in San Francisco for over 25 years and have a real compassion for the gay community. They have an extraordinary cross to bear, and organizations such as Courage are spot on correct in their ministry.

    The leadership of the Church, that which aligns with Fr Martin, are simply wrong. As I read somewhere just recently, I feel like I’m back in the 70’s again as I listen to them, and it saddens me.

    Realistically, we have to understand that Fr Martin and the book’s endorsers are not naive. They have not been fooled into thinking that if they befriend the gay movement they can then win them over to Church doctrine. Instead, in my observation, they do not see homosexuality as a sin – it’s really that simple.

    Willingly or otherwise, they have joined the ranks of the gay movement to convince the rest of us that ‘homosexual acts’ are not sinful, that they are perfectly normal, and we should all just get with it. I hold out for hope that I am wrong, but I just don’t see it.

  4. Whatever happened to the Gospel that commands us to repent lest we lose our souls to sin and eternal death? The love that weeps at the sight of a falling sinner has been replaced by a gospel of ‘I’m ok, you’re ok.’ Father Martin’s next book might as well be titled “Let’s all play nice, hold hands and look the other way. Yaaay!”

  5. raymondfrice

    I cannot fathom where a lot of these people come from!! The centurion with the sick servant “kept” a young person!!

  6. If this priest is advocating a non-celibate life style for homosexual relationships, or is justifying pedophilia for priests, he ought to be excommunicated.

  7. raymondfrice

    The only place where homosexual men are accepted without question is in the ranks of the clergy!! This is very prevalent now and has been for hundreds of years.

    • Raymond, let’s not conflate two different issues: same sex attraction vs. an ongoing homosexual lifestyle. One is not a sin, the other one is. The problem with Fr. Martin is that he never clearly calls active homosexuals to conversion and repentance. His silence on the need to live a chaste life disqualifies him from the prominent role he assumed in this ecclesial discussion.

  8. “…how the Rosary and rainbow flag…” Wow. This priest should be suspended, and probably stripped of his title. Great article.

    • Catherine Harrell

      Really, that’s all you got out of that article? Not once in either article did he say anything like “I’m ok with your lifestyle.” Wow.

      • What?? I am appalled by this priest’s indifferentism. He is supposed to be a protector of the Catholic Faith, not a “nice” “fuzzy” friend to everyone.

  9. In the post below you will find a letter I wrote to my Bishop concerning Popular Jesuit priest, Father James Martin’s upcoming book on “Building a Bridge” between the Catholic Church and the “LGBT” Community. I provide links to other articles(including the one above) that raise grave concerns about what is taught in this book and then conclude by articulating Catholic teaching on human sexuality and the Sacrament of Marriage. The articulation comes in the context of a correspondence I initiated with respected political columnist Guy Benson who revealed he is same sex attracted a couple years ago! My post intends to bring together the recent critiques of Father Martin and the authentic Catholic resources for those who are same sex attracted. If you share these concerns, feel free to use any content I present in this post if you also want to write a letter to the Bishop of your diocese: https://easterpeople.me/2017/05/08/guarding-the-flock-from-a-bridge-to-nowhere/

  10. There is nothing new under the sun. There will always be priests who preach a “Christ without a cross.” Would that they felt as “excluded” as Peter felt when he was rebuked by the Lord for such a proposal.

    We must die to ourselves while carrying our cross, every day. Or else, we are indeed excluded from discipleship.

    There is no end in sight. This kind of demon will come out only with prayer and fasting.

  11. The great problem is Francis

  12. My bishop from the diocese of Lexington in Kentucky has recently spoken at a new ways gathering. What can we do as laity to admonish his actions? Where do we turn? How can we stop this? I pray for conversion but I feel I should do more. I see it misleading many people in our parish. Its a pet project of our music ministry and the bishop.

    • Yvette Pereira

      Do not stop shinning a light on your bishops moves if they show support this man or his agenda. Write to USCCB , c.c to ALL including your bishops. Knowing someone is watching is useful tool. Call in to Catholic radio programs and get your friends involved. Come on, this is our Church and she is being attacked from within. It only took 12 to spread the faith, we can do this people. Stand up, to this Evil or it will consume us.

  13. Catherine Harrell

    Did you actually read the book or are you making assumptions from the two articles you quoted? In reading the articles (thank you for the links) I do not see a disagreement with church teaching, only reinforcement. What I DO see is an understanding of evangelization.
    No one has ever truly been converted (or brought back to the faith) through threats. Are you more motivated by fear or by God’s love and mercy? Fear – causes most people to avoid things. His examples with the language Jesus uses when dealing with sinners is no different that that which he espouses. When people aren’t afraid to hear the message, they are more likely to listen. We are all sinners, in one way or another. But blasting someone because their sin is different from yours will not convert them back to a life of sanctity. Jesus didn’t and neither should you. And speaking to someone with kindness, treating them with dignity is what is required of us. EVERY HUMAN BEING is made in the image and likeness of God. Whether you like them or not. It is a fact. It is not your job to “punish” them. It is your job to try and lead them back. Gently. Like a good shepherd.

    • raymondfrice

      thank you!!! AT THIS POINT, I THINK GOD IS LAUGHING AT THE ANTICS OF HIS CREATION. ALONG WITH LEONARDO DA VINCI MICHAELANGELO, AELRED OF RIVIEUX.,CARDINAL NEWMAN……………………………………………………. !

      • I won’t speak for God, but I know that He does not want to see homosexual acts in anyway excused, or worse, treated as comparable to the conjugal union between husband and wife. That New Ways Ministry believes this lie, and in turn awards Fr. Martin for his “new” dialogue of “sensitivity & compassion”, is much more troubling than faithful & truly compassionate Catholics fighting to make sure the Truth is shared with our same sex attracted brothers & sisters.

    • I have stated the dangerous error of Fr. Martin’s approach, and the complete absence of a call to conversion, or acknowledgement of sin itself, in his ministry. My response to your comment is what I have already said within the article. Before there can be conversion, we have to begin with truth.

      Ask yourself why organizations like New Ways Ministry, who directly oppose the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, award Fr. Martin for his work. It’s not because he is leading SSA Catholics out of the gay lifestyle. The apostolate Courage does that.

    • Obviously it is the Church’s intent to build bridges to any individual seeking repentance and redemption. That is the purpose of the Church. My main issue with Fr Martin, before even addressing his content, is his treatment of a “class of people” and not the individual. This leaves everything in a political context and not in the appropriate pastoral context. So, everything is off on the wrong foot and there is no good path back.

      The book is not yet released. But based upon Fr Martin’s presentation to New Ways Ministry (link below) and allowing that his speech accommodate the sensitivities of his audience, Mr William’s post assesses the situation accurately, as I see it.

      If you focus on mins 48 – 1:15, give or take, Fr Martin criticizes the Church for calling homosexuality “disordered”, specifically that the Church is cruel in condemning the “deepest part of a [homosexual] person that gives love” as disordered. I see no truth to that position, and Fr Martin offers such commentary at a real cost/betrayal to Church teaching. It is the act, not the love (real or otherwise) behind it, that is disordered.

      Martin later asks that the gay community be patient with the Church, so that the Church can “get to know the openly gay community”. Fair enough, for the most part. But, in answer to a question from the audience, Martin advises that the questioner “just might be called to the Church so that he can change it”, ie his calling is to change the Church.

      The only charitable interpretation of Fr Martin’s speech/approach is that he intends to befriend the gay community and then “spring on them” at a later date that they are living in sin – or evangelize as you state. – Good luck with that.

      Gay individuals have every right to be in the Church; as you say we are all sinners. Bankers who cheat their clients, spouses who cheat each other, and plumbers who pad their bills are all welcome into the Church. The problem is, obviously, that the gay political community wants in “as is” and under flags and banners…the plumber, not so much.

      Fr Martin, and by proxy his endorsers, have made no overt call to repent and amend by the gay community. There is a “bait & switch” going on, and it’s fair to fear that the “switch” is aimed at 2000 years of Church teaching.

      • OK – I won’t post anymore on this…but stumbled on this Ralph Martin clip that is so on topic to the challenge re Fr Martin’s ministry. The entire 18 min clip is worth your time when you have it, but at the 16:30 point it speaks to the specific challenge at hand

        Paraphrasing, re evangelizing after Vat-II went from; ‘we’re bringing you in to help you along the way became, you’re wonderful the way you are’….let the clip do the talking
        (…concern; has the Cdnl Dolan reference gone out of date)

    • Are you familiar with Joseph Sciambra? He often blogs about the very thing you’re talking about. When he first began recognizing he needed a way out of the gay lifestyle, and realized that way was Jesus, he went to Confession. Many priests treated him the way the world wants them treated, “you’re okay, it isn’t bad, be exclusive.” None of them led him back to the Church. Instead, what brought him back were the priests who said he needed to amend his life, that his actions were wrong.

      Yes, we should treat people with dignity. Part of that is not withholding the Truth from them. It’s not treating someone with dignity to lie to them. It’s not dignified to tell someone it’s okay to continue behavior which will harm them.

      The opportunity for eternal reward is open to all, but so is the possibility of eternal separation. If we love our brothers and sisters, we shouldn’t want them permanently separated from God’s love. Since you have no idea when their time is, why would you delay telling them the hard truths?

  14. Ronald Sevenster

    Modernists have acquired so much power in the Church that today there are almost no conservatives or traditionalists found anymore within the ranks of the clergy. This means that the Catholic Church is in an irreversible process of accelerating self-destruction: motus in fine velocior.

  15. Robert L Olson

    I wish to thank you for your great article, Mr. Williams. I was first introduced to Father Martin’s writing when I read his “The Jesuit’s Guide to Almost Everything.” I was just beginning my life’s end serious study of Catholic doctrine and spirituality. I was somewhat troubled by some of his assertions but was still naive at the time. However, with my blinders ripped open somewhat more, I have come to the realization that Father Martin has become a wolf in Catholic sheep’s clothing as an apologist for the gay agenda.

  16. Just to show how sick Father James Martin is, when Colbert went on TV and called Trump Putin’s C*ck holser, Father Martin tweeted his support for Colbert, saying that it was unfair for the FCC to nvestigate this. All because Father Martin gets put on TV by Colbert, therefore anything Colber does is right. Sickening behavior from someone who is supposed to be a priest.

  17. “Everyone is welcome, but not everything goes.” -good quote from the Ralph Martin video above.

  18. I agree with you. You might find my book interesting, which is coming out around the same time. I have very different views as Fr. Martin. He is leading people away from God, not toward Him.

    https://www.ignatius.com/Products/WMGC-P/why-i-dont-call-myself-gay.aspx

  19. I have been quite involved in the Church for 20 years. I have yet to meet the homophobic Catholic whose existence Fr. Martin’s book presupposes as a premise. However, I have met many who have been very poorly catechized regarding the Church’s teaching concerning homosexual tendencies and those who suffer from them. If Fr. Martin were truly concerned with building bridges, he should have written a book clarifying the Church’s stance on homosexual tendencies to a general audience. This book rather disingenuously seeks to push the needle among the Church’s faithful to the general acceptance of homosexual relationships – as if there is nothing sinful at all about them – under the guise of “building bridges”.

  20. Ironic Francis expelled a Aussie priest recently for Identical promotion of a homosexual agenda. Shame on Francis for providing Apostasy priests like Martin ,,Radclifce and Roisica etc a forum to promote their insidious agenda.

  21. It is not “our Church” no one- NO ONE has the right to say that; It is the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ , His Father and The Holy Spirit.

  22. Unfortunately, it may be that large parts of the Church itself will have to go “right off the cliff” before the dangerous thinking of men like James Martin is corrected.

    The parts of the Church that go “off the cliff” may be in Europe and America. It seems that the Church in Africa still adheres to the real teachings of the Church.

  23. Vocation team member

    I went to a retreat at a Jesuit location. While there one of the Jesuits was lamenting on the lack of vocations to the Jesuits when looking at an older photo of novices. He failed to understand or recognize that you lose vocations when you water down and disparage the authentic teachings of Christ and his Church.

  24. Barbara Rickman

    Brothers of Judas…all. They no longer know who they serve, have betrayed their office and re-opened the wounds of Our Lord again and again. Our Mother’s tears flow afresh and the Father’s anger is kindled yet again. Where is the reparation on our part? I hear condemnation but what about reparation? We, who know this evil is just that, must encourage out good clergy to perform acts of reparation thru the liturgy, special prayers and encourage penances. God is going to strike and soon…

  25. Has anyone here actually read the book yet?

  26. Not sure if you’ll appreciate my input, but here goes…
    I’m what I think of as a “recovering bisexual.” Sorry if that may offend some, but it is a self imposed title. My new identity is as a 13 year old New Believer in Jesus Christ. One is my past, one is my eternity. I knew as a young man that my rebelliousness was in defiance to God and nature, but it was my choice, it was an adventure. As an adolescent, I recognized no personal consequences. It was after a 5 year gay binge that God shook me and offered me a way out, and I took it. I soon met up with a Catholic girl my age, I submitted to the churches wishes of me, and we married. I credit God for the change of my heart, and I may even credit her church for the endurance of our now 30 year marriage. We didn’t stay in the church, though, I struggled deeply with the scars of my previous lifestyle, and it was later that I came to Christ on my own, joining the non-denominational Body of Christ.

    That’s my story, my credentials in this conversation… my point is this: I was there, it took God himself to change my heart, no church, not even my mother’s pleas, prayers, and home baptism could dent my defenses. (Though now I look back and thank God for her) It took just that… prayers, time, and the saving grace of God himself touching my heart.

    I believe the greater Church Body, whether Catholic, Protestant, or whatever, must do 2 things: Preach LOVE, Preach TRUTH. That means reach out, but offer the True Gospel. We cannot preach LIES. Like I said, even from my perspective, one is the past, and one is eternity. They touch, but they do not coexist.

    • I might have even said that the offer of only half of the Gospel is what I meant by a “lie.” To allow the lost to believe that they are saved when they are fully lost, that they can “have their cake and eat it too” is just wrong.

      The truth is to love God is to be holy as God is holy, one can be in transit towards Him, but one can’t be with Him and apart from Him at the same time.

  27. Bishops need to actively condemn, by name, heretics within the Church. How were the other heresies of the past rooted out? Those in the Church whether it was Arius vs. Athanasius or Pelagius vs. Augustine sought to publically correct those who teach false doctrine.

  28. Bless you all, as you go about your business of condemning something you absolutely know about in all its science and theology.

  29. Explain what “false compassion” is. It is the critics of Father Martin who are driving a wedge between love and truth and endangerring the catholicity of the Church.

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