Tyler, Texas – Koinonia News
Texas bishop, Joseph Strickland denounces Fr. James Martin, S.J. for dissenting with Scripture on homosexuality.
It doesn’t matter how many Twitter followers you have or how many “likes” or “shares” you get for what you’re saying on Facebook, wrong is always wrong, and sin is always sin.
Koinonia News is pleased to recognize one bishop in particular for standing up to the popular Jesuit homo-heretic, Fr. james Martin, S.J. In an October 23rd tweet, Martin wrote: “Interesting: ‘Where the Bible mentions [same-sex sexual] behavior at all, it clearly condemns it. I freely grant that. The issue is precisely whether the biblical judgment is correct. The Bible sanctioned slavery as well and nowhere attacked it as unjust.”
With the acceptance of homosexuality apparently becoming the “new normal” in the mainstream Catholic Church, it is refreshing to see a few faithful bishops taking a stand for traditional Catholic values and moral teachings.
Bishop Strickland’s response:”I know you have lots of support but you are challenging the Deposit of Faith that I promised to defend,” tweeted Bishop Joseph Strickland of the diocese of Tyler on Wednesday. “As a bishop I’ll keep defending it.” Thank you, your Grace.
I challenge anyone to logically present that scripture “sanctions” slavery. Martin seems to have taken up a new field of study “gymnastic-hermeneutics.” This is a subset of theology where you must do cartwheels before rendering your Dissertation.
Unfortunately, Martin’s opinion is not uncommon these days. Many are utilizing twisted logic to justify their moral choices and false teachings. This is particularly true of Catholic LGBTQWXYZ activists like Fr. Martin.
The common thread among socialists and those embracing Liberation theology is that Jesus was a socialist and even some sort of Social justice warrior. However, if Martin and other gymnast theologians were correct, wouldn’t we expect Jesus and his followers to have been outspoken against government corruption and oppression in their day? No. There is no proscription against these things in scripture.
Yes, indeed, we are admonished to treat the least of God’s children with Love and compassion. Yes, in our day, Christian nations have outlawed slavery. We even name slavery as an evil practice. Our love for God and neighbor compelled us to enact laws codifying respect for human dignity.
The interesting difference between homosexuality and slavery is that God has indeed condemned one of them. As a priest for twenty years, I have struggled with trying to understand the issues of sin and especially sexual morality for a couple of reasons; one personal and the other pastoral.
There is not a single family that is exempt in our day from having a family member or two dealing with one lgbtq is sure or another; the same is true in every church and pastoral care environment. Whatever situation we find ourself, we must be able to respond with love, compassion, and honesty.
The loving and honest truth is that God “hates” sin — all sin, not just those connected to lgbtq lifestyles. If We’re treating one category of sinner different than another, we’ve got a serious problem. Additionally, we must refuse the temptation, like Fr. Martin’s example, to find ways to artfully minimize sin, or re-define sin to be somehow acceptable. The devil did that to Eve in the garden of Eden, convincing her that God didn’t really mean what he had said regarding a certain forbidden fruit.
Martin and other revisionist theologians of our day have a low opinion and regard for scripture. They certainly don’t believe that it to be inspired, infallible, or even applicable in our time. Many, echoing Martin’s sentiments actually ask the question, that if Jesus and the writers of Scripture were here today, would they write and say the same things, make the same imprecatory proscriptions? Citing the Vatican II document Dei Verbum, which affirms the inerrancy of Scripture as divine revelation: “Sacred Scripture is the word of God inasmuch as it is consigned to writing under the inspiration of the divine Spirit;” In that understanding, I answer a resounding YES. God may have changed his methods of interacting with humanity over the millenia, but his moral laws remain the same.
Martin has repeatedly claimed he has never challenged Church teaching, but critics disagree, noting comments he has made in various speeches in which he praises same-sex marriage, going so far as to say that the “love” within gay marriage should be “reverenced,” also hinting at the notion that homosexuals are exempt from the demands of chastity, and denigrating former gays who have left the homosexual lifestyle to embrace a rightly ordered orientation as not leading a “fully integrated life.”
In an August 29, 2017 interview at Villanova University, speaking with a “same-sex married host,” Martin claimed that because homosexuals have not “received” the Church’s teaching on chastity, they therefore are not bound by that teaching. In the same interview, Martin said that ex-gays are internally conflicted and their lives aren’t fully “integrated” the way self-admitted homosexuals are.
Canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters wrote in response, “Martin might regret that, in virtue of Canon 1055 (which presents the nature of marriage itself), two lesbians cannot marry each other, nor can two homosexuals, but, if that is what underlies Martin’s complaints about celibacy supposedly being imposed on such persons, he needs to take it up with the infallible Magisterium of the Church.” And at a Sept. 5, 2017 symposium at Fordham University, where the priest joined the panel with a same-sex married man, Martin praised gay marriage as “a loving act” and said the Church must “reverence” it.
Martin’s routine endorsement of dissident LGBT ministries also calls into doubt his claims of fidelity to the magisterium. On numerous occasions he has expressed support for New Ways Ministry, which has been censured by the Vatican for its dissent on Church teaching on homosexuality. Martin has even proposed Sr. Jeannine Gramick, who has flouted the Vatican’s ban on her public ministry to LGBT Catholics, as someone who should be canonized by the Church.