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Father Martin Is a Hater

by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 21, 2017

In my column of September 19, I reported the good news that Fr. James Martin’s homosexual propaganda, promoting the lie that what even John Paul II’s Catechism calls “acts of grave depravity” are legitimate expressions of “love,” has met with such strong opposition from Catholic laity that a series of speeches he was scheduled to deliver at Catholic institutions has been cancelled.

Taking to the editorial pages of the Washington Post, which happily promotes Martin’s ecclesial subversion, Martin now whines that he has only “called for Christians to love gay people” and “Now the Catholic alt-right is taking revenge.”

Baloney. Fr. Martin is engaged in a relentless campaign to mainstream the sin of Sodom in the Church. That is the opposite of love for the people embroiled in that abominable vice. It is actually a form of hatred for those who, quoting the Catechism, are afflicted by “This inclination, which is objectively disordered, [and] constitutes for most of them a trial.”

To love someone is to will the good of that person. To will the good of one afflicted by the homosexual tendency is to will that he be delivered from both the inclination, which is a disorder, and the sin to which it inclines him — no less than one would, out of true love for the sinner, will that he or she be delivered from a disordered inclination to commit any other sexual sins.

Did Our Lord Himself not teach us to pray “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”? Fr. Martin, on the other hand, labors ceaselessly to lead those afflicted by the homosexual tendency into temptation and to deliver them, with great fanfare about “love,” into the evil of unspeakable “acts of grave depravity.”

Martin’s whiny editorial asserts that when he “set out to build a bridge between Catholics and gay people, I had one thing in mind: Jesus Christ.” Such hubris! The Church has no need of Martin’s “bridge,” for the Christ he dares to blaspheme by invoking His name in support of the condonation of sodomy has already built a divine bridge by which any sinner, no matter how grave his sins, can reach the Church: the bridge of repentance, confession, sanctification, and a life of grace maintained by the Sacraments.

Fr. Martin, however, refuses to point the way to this Bridge, the one that God has built to save souls. Instead, he invents a false construction to lead the very people he purports to love into the deadly delusion that their disordered condition is normal and that the evil it inclines them to commit is good.

Filled with pride and brimming with petulance, Martin declares: “I am trying to do what Jesus did, in reaching out to people on the margins and telling them that God created them, God loves them and God welcomes them. And that is the truth.”

But Fr. Martin is not doing what Jesus did. He is doing what the devil does: using a half-truth to conceal the whole truth. Yes, God created, and God loves, those afflicted by the homosexual condition. But He did not create their condition as such. He did not “make them gay,” as Martin perversely maintains. Like any disorder, like any sin, the homosexual condition is a consequence of the Fall; it is the absence of a good that ought to be there. Evil by definition is an absence of the good that God has made — in this case the absence of the proper ordination of the sexual faculty to marriage between a man and a woman.

To love the person afflicted by the homosexual condition, therefore, is to will that he overcome it, that he be made whole by the grace of God, that he practice the virtue of chastity to which all Christians are called outside the vocation of marriage. As John Paul II’s Catechism declares in line with the Church’s entire Tradition, those afflicted by homosexuality “are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.”

Yet Martin dares to defy this teaching by proclaiming that the victims of the homosexual condition are not called to chastity, and that the Church’s teaching to the contrary is not binding on them because they have not “received” it but rather view it as “an imposition.” With supreme arrogance, he suggests that Catholics who are roused to opposition by this rampant promotion of evil are merely expressing their own “complicated sexuality,” their own hidden “gayness,” which they are trying to mask by venting their anger towards him.

What devious and spiteful behavior this man displays. There is no “love” in his promotion of evil, but only hatred of the good he denies and tries to hide from the victims of his “compassion.” Irony of ironies, objectively speaking, Father James Martin, SJ is a hater of the very people he professes to love. Catholics should oppose Martin’s thinly veiled hatred everywhere he tries to spread it. They should counter him at every turn with the Church’s true love for sinners, rooted in the Truth that makes them free.