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Mainstreaming Sexual Depravity with a Smiling Face

First Adultery, Then Sodomy

by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 7, 2017

Meet Father James Martin, SJ, the ultra-progressive, pro-“LGBT community,” pro-“gay marriage” friend of Francis whom Pope Bergoglio has just appointed a consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication, which oversees Vatican TV, radio and social media. Followers of this ecclesial subversive are well-acquainted with the sickly smile and rather prissy manner with which he answers the just criticisms of orthodox Catholics as he busily undermines the constant teaching of the Church on matters sexual, including her constant condemnation of the intrinsic evil of sodomy as one of the sins that cry out to Heaven for retribution.

Amoris Laetitia having launched a diocese-by-diocese overthrow of the teaching of John Paul II (in line with all of Tradition) that it is “intrinsically impossible” for people living in adulterous “second marriages” to receive Holy Communion while continuing to engage in adulterous relations, Father Martin is clearly acting as a point man for the mainstreaming of sodomy in the life of the Church. Hence the publication of his book “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.” Translation: How the Church Can Be Led to Accept Sodomy.

To those who think this characterization of Father Martin’s polemic is extreme, consider his answer to the key question during an interview concerning his book, aptly headlined “This Vatican adviser is moving Catholics toward LGBT inclusion.” The interviewer asked Martin the following question to which he gave the following answer:

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ Do you affirm and agree with this teaching and language?

“I’m no theologian, but I would say that some of the language used in the catechism on that topic needs to be updated, given what we know now about homosexuality. Earlier, for example, the catechism says that the homosexual orientation is itself ‘objectively disordered.’ But, as I say in the book, saying that one of the deepest parts of a person — the part that gives and receives love — is disordered is needlessly hurtful. A few weeks ago, I met an Italian theologian who suggested the phrase ‘differently ordered’ might convey that idea more pastorally.”

What do we “know about homosexuality” today that the Church did not know before? Sodomy is still sodomy. Notice, however, that Martin ducks the question about homosexual acts as such — that is, sodomy — and pivots to the “homosexual orientation,” which he denies is “intrinsically [i.e., in and of itself, always and everywhere] disordered.” He would prefer to call it “differently ordered,” meaning not disordered.

But if the homosexual condition is not intrinsically disordered, then the sexual acts proceeding from it would not be intrinsically disordered, but merely “different” from heterosexual acts. Quite simply, then, Martin denies the Church’s infallible moral teaching, of bimillenial standing, that sodomy is intrinsically disordered. Quite the contrary, he implicitly relates the act of sodomy to “the part [of the homosexual] that gives and receives love.” His treacly appeals to mercy, love and inclusion conceal what is nothing but a monstrous obscenity from the pit of hell.

Now, if sodomy is not intrinsically evil, then how can adultery, fornication, and the use of contraceptives be intrinsically evil? They would not be, and the Church would have been wrong to teach otherwise for two millennia. But a Church that could be wrong about such fundamental moral questions would not be the Church founded by God Incarnate, Who can neither deceive nor be deceived, but rather a merely human institution no different in essence from the Protestant sects that rebelled against her authority 500 years ago. Over the ensuing centuries those sects have come to condone adultery (in the form of divorce and “remarriage”), fornication, contraception and, finally, sodomy, with some of these sects even purporting to “ordain” as “priests” and “bishops” both men and women who notoriously engage in this abominable vice.

Father Martin, in short, is a leader of the “pro-gay” brigades now storming the citadel of the Church in what they think will be a successful final assault on her moral ramparts. Should the ramparts fail, the Church’s moral edifice would topple and her mission would be at an end, if that were possible. But it is not possible.  As Sister Lucia, affirming the Church’s indefectibility from the perspective of Fatima, told Cardinal Caffarra, a defender of the ramparts, while “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family,” Our Lady “has already crushed its [the serpent’s] head.”

Meanwhile, however, the ultimate victory that will be God’s does not excuse us from our duty in the present moment: to expose for what they are the wolves in clerical garb who are attacking the Church from within­ — with smiles on their faces and the beguiling rhetoric of love and mercy that is really the worst sort of spiritual cruelty.