As you may or may not know, Fr. James Martin is a Jesuit priest who has written a book about reaching out to the LGBT community. I’ve written two blogs on the book and/or Fr. Martin’s approach to the LGBT community. If you would like to know more about his awful book or is very devious approach, you can read those two blogs.
I have tried to reach out to Fr. Martin, but over several months, he has chosen to ignore me, block me and mute me on social media. I’ve had a number of very lively discussions with his followers though. In any event, he recently posted the following Tweet, to which I responded in order to help his followers come to a much better understanding of what it means to love your neighbor.
James Martin, SJ
Gospel: What does it mean to “love your neighbor as yourself?” Not only the essential task of helping them, but also wanting the best for them. Wanting them to flourish. Wanting them to have a life of love, safety and hope–and working to make that a reality, even if it costs you 6:23 AM – 9 Mar 2018
Here is my response, which is done in a series of Tweets, due to the limitation of space allowed on Twitter.
@BobSullivan87 Replying to @JamesMartinSJ It means helping them for the best even when they may not like the pain of getting there. Such is the case with people lost in the LGBT lifestyle. Honesty is an absolute necessity. There are serious physical and psychological health risks in addition to possible eternal death.
We tell the divorced and remarried (who have not gotten an annulment) that they cannot receive the Eucharist & we must say the same to all who are having non-marital sex. We must also be honest about the health & spiritual risks of homosexual sex just as with alcohol & drug abuse
homosexual men (less than 4% of the countries population) accounted for 53% of all newly diagnosed HIV infections in the United States. (SAMHSA)
Suicide attempts among transgender people can range from 16 to 32% compared to the 0.5% of Americans aged 18 or older who made at least one suicide attempt in 2016 (SAMHSA and http://afsp.org )
There are many more very ugly statistics regarding the physical and mental harm which comes from living in the LGBT lifestyle. A Catholic priest should be ashamed if he were to gloss over all of the medicine and science and merely buy the lies of the HRC and LGBT activists.
The HRC and activists want people to believe that coming out is essential, that living a proud LGBT lifestyle is essential and that everyone must affirm and celebrate the LGBT lifestyle, but it is all built on lies and deception. No Catholic priest should be supporting it.
If I were caught up in believing a lie that could make me sick or worse yet, mean an eternity of agony, I would certainly want my neighbor to reach out and with pure honesty, offer me truth. If my neighbor just affirmed my belief in the lie, it would be the ultimate act of hatred
In saying all this, I’m well aware that your post is that of a young refugee. However, the vast majority of your posts affirm the LGBT lifestyle and imply that the Church should welcome sinners without so much as mentioning repentance or chastity. Such is your lie.
You can deny it all you want. Just reading through the comments under your posts, it is easy to see how LGBT advocates are interpreting your veiled glorification of the LGBT lifestyle and your more blatant rejection of the teachings of the Catholic Church.
If you truly believed the LGBT lifestyle was contrary to Christianity, which it is, you would correct your followers when they thank you for affirming their lifestyle choices or when they praise you for trying to change the Church’s teachings on homosexual behavior. But you don’t
Instead of correcting them, you pick out those who praise you and chat about irrelevant matters. And if someone offers you correction, you mute them or ban them (which you have done to me). You talk about the need for dialogue, but you refuse to dialogue. You prefer the shadows.
Sadly, Fr. Martin does stay in the shadows. Not that he doesn’t like the limelight, he most certainly does. It is his message that remains in the shadows. It reminds me of a certain Scripture passage:
And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God. John 3:19-21
Fr. Martin keeps his intent in the darkness. Stay away from him.