NOTE: After signing the petition, you will have the chance to send a personalized postcard to Pope Francis, requesting he reconsider his appointment of Father James Martin as Consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication.
The Vatican named Jesuit Father Martin a consultant to its communications office in April of this year, a move that shocked and dismayed many Catholics due to Father Martin’s unabashed and continual affirmation of homosexuality.
Since that time, the editor-at-large of America magazine has become even more vocal in his advocacy of LGBT issues.
Father Martin’s homosexual-affirming advocacy has also been amplified since release this past spring of his book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity.
The book is critical of the Church’s handling of LGBT persons, and in it Father Martin calls for an end to firing LGBT individuals from Church employment due to their living in open conflict with Church teaching, despite this being the long established employment expectation in Catholic institutions.
He also says the Church should use the terms of choice of the LGBT community to describe them, such as “gay,” lesbian,” and “LGBT,” as a sign of sensitivity and respect.
Father Martin also advocates in the book for allowing LGBT-identifying Catholics to participate in Church ministry without mention of conversion from any sinful lifestyle.
The book consists of the content of Father Martin’s lecture last fall to New Ways Ministry, a homosexual advocacy group condemned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the U.S. Catholic bishops for its misrepresentation of Church teaching on homosexuality.
It has been criticized by a number of noted clergy and Church leaders for its flawed premise that the Church has erred on God’s plan for human sexuality.
The following are various other instances where Father James Martin has been publicly in conflict with Church teaching, potentially leading countless others astray:
Farther Martin told the pro-homosexual organization PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) in mid-August of this year that God made LGBT persons who they are.
In July 2017 he told CNN that parish priests who identify as homosexual should publicly come out to show their congregations what a gay person is like and how gay people can live chastely.
Around that same time Father Martin told Good Morning America that shock music performer Lady Gaga’s LGBT anthem “Born This Way” was likely inspired by Psalm 139 ('You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made')
In June 2017 Father Martin said the language in the Catechism of the Catholic that refers to the intrinsically disordered nature of homosexual acts should be changed because it’s needlessly hurtful.
Father Martin said on his Facebook page in early May of this year that some saints were probably gay.
In February 2017 he tweeted support for transgender bathroom access.
Father Martin told the dissident New Ways group last fall that some bishops have already called for us to set aside the phrase “objectively disordered” when it comes to describing the homosexual inclination, specifically citing the Catechism, No. 2358. He concurred with this idea, because the language according to him is needlessly hurtful.
This represents a blatant selective application of the Catechism, as the phrase so often used by Father Martin to advocate LGBT issues, “respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” also derives directly from the Catechism, No. 2358.
Please join in petitioning Pope Francis to rescind Father Martin’s Vatican appointment and to correct his public errors regarding Church teaching on human sexuality. Many souls are at risk!