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In a Handwritten Letter, Pope Francis Endorses Fr. Martin’s Pro-homosexual Activism
On June 21, Pope Francis sent Fr. James Martin, S.J. a handwritten letter praising his “pastoral zeal” in his LGBTQ ministry. Tragically, Father Martin supports the homosexual movement’s agenda to normalize the “intrinsically evil” sin of sodomy.1
Although shocking, the June 21, 2021 letter does not seem to have caused much surprise given Pope Francis’s welcoming position toward homosexuality, one fully shared by his Jesuit confrere.
The Letter’s Context
To better understand and assess the gravity of Pope Francis’s gesture, it seems helpful to place it in context.
According to Vatican News, the Holy See’s news portal, the “letter was sent to coincide with the Outreach LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Webinar, which was held on Saturday [June 26, 2021]. Fr. Martin posted the letter on his Twitter feed on Sunday.”2
Gerard O’Connell, the Vatican correspondent for the Jesuit America Magazine, confirms this information and adds some details: “Pope Francis has again encouraged the ministry of James Martin, S.J., to L.G.B.T. persons, and with words that could also encourage others in this work. He did so on the eve of the Outreach 2021 L.G.B.T. Catholic ministry conference … of which the Jesuit priest was the main organizer. Some weeks ago, Father Martin … had informed the pope about the conference in a private mail and explained its purpose…”3
It is clear from The Tablet’s reporting that Father Martin solicited the pope’s support for the LGBTQ conference and that he shared the letter with the webinar participants: “[t]he Jesuit priest also reminded Francis about a 26 June conference on LGBTQ Catholic ministry. On an earlier occasion, Fr. Martin had asked if Francis would send a message to the online gathering. The Pope’s reply was first shared with the conference participants. After sharing Francis’ letter with the conference, Fr. Martin posted it on social media.”4
There is no reason to doubt the truth of these reports. Pope Francis’s letter was a gesture of support for the pro-homosexual webinar.
The Outreach 2021 LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Webinar
Sponsored by America Media and Jesuit Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture, the conference’s title is self-explanatory: Outreach 2021 LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Webinar.
The choice of the conference’s keynote speaker says everything about the event’s orientation. It was none other than “Sr. Jeannine Gramick, S.L., co-founder of New Ways Ministry.” She spoke on “Fifty Years of LGBTQ Ministry.” Another speaker was “Fr. Bryan Massingale, a gay priest and theologian.”5
As is well known, in 1999, with Pope John Paul II’s approval, Sister Gramick was “permanently prohibited from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons” by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This canonical sanction was imposed because she was against the “intrinsic evil of homosexual acts and the objective disorder of the homosexual inclination.” Her beliefs were deemed “doctrinally unacceptable because they do not faithfully convey the clear and constant teaching of the Catholic Church in this area.
Thus, one may conjecture that the Zoom webinar intended to modify, at least through facts, the “clear and constant teaching of the Catholic Church” on homosexual sin.7 In other words, to treat homosexuality as something normal, thus practically obliterating traditional doctrine, without formally denying it.
Informal in its appearance and personal details, the pope’s letter reinforces the idea that the Church is changing its position on this matter.
Pope Francis’s Letter to Father Martin and “Homo-Heresy”
The Vatican News article quotes the pope’s letter as stating: “God’s ‘style’ has three elements … closeness, compassion and tenderness. This is how he comes closer to each one of us. Thinking about your pastoral work, I see that you are continually seeking to imitate this style of God. You are a priest for all men and women, just as God is a Father for all men and women. I pray for you to continue in this way, being close, compassionate and with great tenderness.”8
To say that a priest who labors to change Catholic doctrine on the intrinsic evil of the homosexual act is “continually seeking to imitate this style of God” is tantamount to claiming that God now desires that sin and that those who commit it are united to Him. This is wrong. More precisely, it is a moral heresy that has been called “homo-heresy.”9
On the contrary, the “style of God” never favors sin. Instead, it tries, through Divine grace, to bring the sinner to repentance and the abandonment of sin.
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It seems clear that Pope Francis wrote the letter to support the Outreach 2021 webinar and its pro-homosexual message.
Someone could object, however, that the pope does not really support the homosexual movement since he recently issued or approved two measures that disfavor it, namely:
(1) The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s response against the blessing of homosexual pairs; and,
(2) The note from the Holy See’s Secretariat of State against the Zan bill in Italy, which, if approved, would establish a homosexual dictatorship that would persecute the Catholic Faith.
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