Jesuit Fr James Martin honored by homosexual advocates condemned by Holy See and USCCB

I just wanted everyone to know that the Jesuit, Fr. James Martin, SJ, involved with Amerika Magazine, has been given an award by the homosexual advocacy group which has been condemned by the Holy See and by the USCCB, New Ways Ministry.

Read the horrid details at LifeSite:

Prominent Jesuit will accept award from pro-homosexual group condemned by Vatican, US bishops

PIKESVILLE, Maryland, September 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — One of the most prominent and well-known Jesuits in America is slated to accept an award from New Ways Ministry, a pro-homosexual group that rejects moral teachings of the Catholic Church, on October 30.

New Ways Ministry will honor Father James Martin, the editor at large of America magazine and the author of numerous books, with its Bridge Building Award, which “honors those individuals who by their scholarship, leadership, or witness have promoted discussion, understanding, and reconciliation between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church.”

The group chose Martin “as a recipient of our Bridge Building Award for his strong promotion of LGBT acceptance through his communication ministry.”

“With his hundreds of thousands of social media followers and as Editor at Large for ‘America’ magazine, Fr. Martin has initiated a dialogue on LGBT issues with Catholics across the political spectrum, opening minds and hearts to greater acceptance,” the award’s Facebook event page says.

In addition to promoting the “coming out” of “LGBT Catholics” for “the way God created them,” Martin supports a number of progressive political causes.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican have denounced New Ways Ministry for its opposition to Church teaching. The group has been banned from speaking in Catholic dioceses across the country but it maintains that it is a “Catholic” group.


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  1. greenlight says:

    It seems an ongoing source of scandal to the faithful that Fr. Martin and all the clergy and politicians like him are not…censured, laicized, excommunicated, …whatever the appropriate response is for the particular individual. In this age of instant news and communication, that’s simply inexcusable. They are causing real damage. And so, again, how am I to respond to those who love and follow him? Who am I to criticize this priest-in-good-standing who is free to walk about spouting his nonsense? I have no good answer to those friends and relatives who’ll share his message on social media and hold him up as a model of the Catholic church. Why shouldn’t they?!

  2. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    I recognize some of the saints you’re invoking, Father, and note that at least some of them I know to be Jesuits. St. Charles Lwanga was a martyr, wasn’t he, for refusing to participate in the evils his king urged upon him…..

    Is there some reason to include particularly this group of saints?

  3. Adorista says:

    I used to read his books and articles enthusiastically, but as I learned more about my faith, I started to have a hinky feeling about him. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I’ll avoid him in the future.

  4. realword says:

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    Fr. Martin is often used as a source of Catholic teaching by others in conversation – as though his word on the Church is THE final word on all things Catholic. It seems many choose to follow flawed men rather than the Church founded by Jesus Christ.

  5. Charles E Flynn says:

    The equally-destructive Father Hessburg is being honored on a US postage stamp:

    Postal Service Previews Select 2017 Stamps

  6. Frank H says:

    If A condemns B, and B honors C, doesn’t A have to condemn C?

  7. un-ionized says:

    greenlight, i wonder about that too. but usually when somebody is talking about how wonderful people like that are, i just don’t say anything and pray for the situation to be fixed somehow. i am not at all competent to argue about things with people who are set on what they believe in contradiction to what Jesus tells us.

  8. Huber says:

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle,
    be our protection against the wickedness and snares of Jesuits;
    may God rebuke them, we humbly pray;
    and do thou, O prince of heavenly host, by the power of God,
    cast into hell all Jesuits who prowl about the earth seeking the ruin of souls.

  9. Norah says:

    We are being told constantly about the millions of Catholics who leave the Church annually. One reason is that the authentic Catholic Faith is no longer being taught in most of our schools or from our pulpits. Another reason is that dissident Catholics are featured in the media as being “devout Catholics” and their words are eagerly listened to and their advice followed by those Catholics who have developed itchy ears or those who wish the Church to confirm them in their sins.

  10. Norah says:

    In the words of former Pope Benedict to Bishops of England and Wales:

    It is important to recognize dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate.

  11. stuartal79 says:

    Fr Thomas Reese, who was the editor of America at some point in recent memory before Fr. Martin, was canned at the urging of the CDF for espousing heretical views. Does Father Martin hold more orthodox views or is he at least more tactical? I would also like to know if he has ever directly addressed the subject of gay “marriage” .

  12. un-ionized says:

    Norah, there is the additional and no less serious problem of those who learn to parrot orthodox views in seminary but don’t believe it themselves and act out accordingly. I for one may be leaving the Church as a result of this. It wasn’t worth the fight that I put up for 7 years to stay in a parish where the obviously corrupt priests were hiding behind their habits and supposed orthodoxy in order to undermine people’s faith by acting like 5th grade girls.

  13. Deo Credo says:

    ahh jesuits. Fr Martin supports pretty much anything in opposition to the constant teaching of the church. he relies on the common armor of the dissident catholic, “love” you can do anything you want and cloak it in “love” heck I just read an article about a child who was “euthanized” out of “love” who knew a five letter word could cover so much. on a brighter note, I have personally seen a priest celebrate mass , an EF mass, several times. he is newly ordained and is…wait for it….. a jesuit. I am absolutely dying to pull this nice young man aside and ask him what exactly about the fine fruit the jesuits have produced led a nice young man like him to join their order. my oldest son seems prone to embarrassment and has begged/pleaded with me not to ask him anything about the jesuits. but seriously what makes someone say, I love the mass of our fathers and I love Christ. hey I have an idea, I’ll join the order that……….I would say more but Fr Z says the moderation Q is on. besides we are all adults here. we know jesuits are catholic…..if there’s any money in it

  14. otsowalo says:

    The 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus is coming up to elect their 31st Superior General. Please pray for them.

  15. Orlando says:

    Silence in the face of heresy = acceptance and support by the Bishops.

    It’s as simple as that.

  16. stuartal79 says:

    Un-ionized, that is exactly what the enemy wants you to do. Can you simply attend a parish with more authentic priests?

  17. NBW says:

    St. Peter Damian, ora pro nobis!!!!!!!

  18. Benedict Joseph says:

    Another case of “…no, no, no with the lips, but yes, yes, yes with the eyes.”
    This is a free for all, there is no doubt about it and who is enabling it. That, presently, is the real problem. Beyond this immediate concern, a vast number of clergy do not believe in the content of Roman Catholic theology.
    Why are we providing them a platform. Surely there are ample denominational platforms where it would be ideologically comfortable? But then, maybe its more hospitable here.

  19. Kerry says:

    Link to the Jesuit Family Album,

    (Raising an eyebrow), “Fascinating”. Among others read also Christopher Clavius.

  20. Rosary Rose says:

    Un-ionized, never let a bad priest get between you and Jesus Christ. Don’t leave the Catholic church, Jesus Christ is present on the altar. God has you where you are for a reason, and He knows your suffering. Perhaps you are helping another parishioner without knowing it. All Saints suffer. Love the priest according to St. Paul in Romans (kind, patient, etc). The Church needs good soldiers!! It sounds like your boot camp has been a little long. Praying for you!!

    I am not a good communicator either, but silence is acceptance. When someone gushes about something like Fr. Martin getting an award for promoting sodomy and I don’t know what to say, my response is, “That’s not Catholic.” It’s weak, but it’s not silence. If they want more, I’ll direct them to Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Sarah or Father Z, of course.

    We must be in prayer and offering things up like there’s no tomorrow. Pray for Fortitude and all the Gifts of the Spirit. Pray for our Priests and leaders, especially those who can do a lot of damage with their highly visible positions. At the same time, be joyful and have hope. We are trying to bring souls to Christ.

  21. un-ionized says:

    stuartal, i am doing that but it is hard to find one. my mobility is limited and there are a lot of parishes that all seem just like that. but now i know the warning signs. our bishop is not on the ball, which is a major thing. it appears he wants it this way. we have an important diocesan seminary that is producing the same kind of behavior. i guess it is all over.

  22. un-ionized says:

    i meant i guess it is like that all over, not that is all over, ha ha. i do have some doubts about indefectibility of course, everyone who has been through this does.

  23. un-ionized says:

    I wonder if it isn’t time to force a public discussion of the issue of homosexuality in the priesthood. It seems to be one of the fundamental problems.

  24. un-ionized says:

    Rose, thank you for your kindness. I am attending Mass at another parish anonymously and will keep doing that, as the pastor of the new parish is a friend of the pastor of my former parish who has done a good job of slandering me around the diocese. I am even accused of being gay (the irony is not lost on me) and having an affair with a priest (pick a story). God promises that on the last day all will be set right but it doesn’t make it any easier to lack pastoral care for years. It isn’t just me, it’s all of the older people there. Only youth are welcome (there is a youth cult as part of the gay thing, watch out for parishes that are wholly oriented to youth). Speak out for the neglected people and be destroyed. The problem of gays pretending to be orthodox is much more insidious than what the Jesuits are doing.

  25. Poor Yorek says:

    The group chose Martin “as a recipient of our Bridge Building Award

    I think that should be the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Building Award.

    (posted this at Eponymous also lest someone think I plagiarized it)

  26. WYMiriam says:

    St. Charles Lwanga and companions, pray for us.
    Holy Michael the Archangel, protect us!

  27. un-ionized says:

    Yorek, you are too funny. Alas!

  28. TimG says:

    Unfortunately (and not a big surprise), the Fishwrap takes a much different view on this award….no mention of the position of the Holy See or the USCCB on this group or that people in this community need guidance. Just high praise for Fr Martin and his advocating for LGBT issues.

  29. jravago says:

    Who is really surprised by this? I went to a Jesuit high school and law school. As I reflect on both experiences and the allegations against some of the Jesuit Priests at my high school, I have realized that in general, the Jesuits are no longer the Pope’s Marines, do not defend orthodoxy, have a large homosexual population, and should be suppressed.

  30. jhayes says:

    Fr. Martin was interviewed in many publications after Pope Francis gave these comments on the Church’s relationship with the gay community. Perhaps that is why he was selected to receive the “bridge-building” award,

    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ARMENIA (CNS) — Catholics and other Christians not only must apologize to the gay community, they must ask forgiveness of God for ways they have discriminated against homosexual persons or fostered hostility toward them, Pope Francis said.

    “I think the church not only must say it is sorry to the gay person it has offended, but also to the poor, to exploited women” and anyone whom the church did not defend when it could, he told reporters June 26….

    “The church must say it is sorry for not having behaved as it should many times, many times — when I say the ‘church,’ I mean we Christians because the church is holy; we are the sinners,” the pope said. “We Christians must say we are sorry.”


  31. TNCath says:

    And, as usual, no one in authority will say a word in opposition to this. In finem citius.

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  33. Spade says:

    I’m reminded of the nasty but funny little joke about the only two things that never change at a Jesuit mass.

  34. bethv says:

    See Fr. Martin’s article on AI at His actions are fully in accord with what he wrote and a logical outcome of his perspective on and interpretation of AI. That isn’t an expression of support at all, but simply pointing out the consistency of his thoughts and actions. This is an example of why the Pope’s papal exhortation is so dangerous.

  35. naglejames says:

    I had Jesuits for 4 years in High School (Fordham Prep). I look at them then and now and I clearly respected them more when they were Catholic. I have no idea what religion many modern-day Jesuits subscibe to but it’s not Catholicism. What a shame.

  36. Father Martin is rather careful in his moves, and this is characteristic of that care. Note, he isn’t specifically endorsing them, he’s letting them endorse him. That, by itself, doesn’t make him a bad person, but…I wouldn’t accept the award, if it fell to me (and I’d fall out of my chair if anyone offered it to me!).

    The times I’ve seen what Father Martin has said on hot-button subjects, it seemed to me he was ever so careful.

  37. Prayerful says:

    That’s how modern Jesuits roll. There could be a Fr McGuckian SJ presenting a good orthodox documentary on the Sacred Heart, but the Society of Jesuit is lead now by men hostile to the Faith and Tradition.

  38. Adeodata says:

    Unfortunately, even within the Church:

    “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7: 15 – 20

  39. John Nelson says:

    A former Jesuit, I repent me of all my past sins. As a youngster, I held the same. I think a lot of this is like Balthasar, positing a reasonable hope that all men are saved. On the contrary, I answer that it is the audacious hope that all men are saved. But it is hope nonetheless. Of course, in the light of this our task is to encourage all to use the ordinary means established by Christ, i.e., His Church and sacraments of The Church. As our genial host so often graciously reminds us . . . GO TO CONFESSION.

  40. mo7 says:

    I am grateful that you have taken Father Martin to task. He has all kinds of media exposure: radio, tv, magazine, books, social media and does nothing but destroy the faith.

  41. robtbrown says:

    In their history the SJ’s have been very proficient as missionaries among people who had never known Christ and His Church. They also were very important in Christendom.

    The situation in the West today is different. What was Christendom is now in many ways post Christian culture, populated by people who have actively rejected it or by those who reject moral or dogmatic teaching but still consider themselves Catholic (or Christians).

    The Jesuits seem to want to apply their missionary MO to these circumstances, but I don’t think it works. And so they either reject the teaching, pretend to agree with those who have rejected, it or just fail to mention it.

    The present circumstances, however, are not what was found among the Mohawks in North American in the 17th century. What is needed is not evangelization but re-evangelization.

  42. benedetta says:

    Being super popular and receiving accolades, for Catholics, in this age, depends on and relates to a great number of factors and variables. If there has been this “reconciliation”, then one will expect to see it played out in the public square, and on playgrounds and school cafeterias, across the country, whereby someone is not targeted for merely being a believing Catholic, just judged rashly and attacked without dialogue, respect, consideration. I see little promise of that where I am right now, however, one can hope and one can pray that the next generation will not be persecuted mindlessly by others merely via a cause celebre du jour. I am not discounting that human rights and dignity are a priori for Catholics without exception. It’s just that when the political advocacy discounts trillions of not able to be even born a lot of “human rights” type awards tend to ring hollow and lack the fullness of credibility. I am one who still believes that being “for” something does not have to also include attacking others stereotypically and via harsh labeling and then marginalizing to get an upper hand. I do still believe.

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