For the record…

There have been lots of stories about the meanies who caused homosexualist activist Jesuit Fr. James Martin to be dis-invited from certain speaking gigs.   Inevitably, as these liberal catholic sources – in the spirit of Proverbs 26:11 – recycle and recycle the same talking points, they convey factual errors through sloppiness and innuendo.

Here is an example from the National Sodomitic Reporter (aka Fishwrap):

A focus on Jesus was also scheduled for Martin’s now-canceled Oct. 4 talk at Theological College, and was the topic on Tuesday when he addressed 2,500 principals and teachers of the New York archdiocese. Jesus was also the theme set for the Jesuit’s talks late in October during a dinner of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in New York City, and at a lecture in London for Cafod, the official overseas aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

All three of those gigs were called off amid a wave of protests from far-right Catholic groups, including Church Militant, LifeSiteNews and Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (“Fr. Z”), [I guess I’m a “group”.] who opposed Martin’s appearances at those events due to objections with his recent book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.

That description gives the impression that I was involved in getting Martin disinvited from the Holy Sepulcher event in NYC and the Cafod event in England.   I was not.  I didn’t even know about the Cafod thing or the Holy Sepulcher thing until after he was disinvited.

did write about the gig at Theological College.  However, I didn’t mount a campaign.  I asked sincere questions.

Apparently I asked the right questions.

My main concern was that Theological College is a major seminary celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Martin being there … meant something.  I wanted to know what it meant.  I asked questions that I would ask again.

However, I am being lumped together with Martin’s dismissal from other events.  I didn’t have anything to do with those, not that I’m disappointed that those organizations made their own choices.  But they made those choices without my help.

Also, I have never been contacted by any of the “news outlets” to verify anything or ask me any questions.

They are unprofessional ideologues with biases.

But, given the stakes they have, you wouldn’t expect them to be fair.

In any event, we just have to keep – in the spirit of Proverbs 27:22 – chipping away, little by little, relentlessly.

 

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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