LifeSite has a story about it. The Catholic Herald covered it. Jesuit run Amerika has the text – of course – of the talk of rampant homosexualist activist James Martin, SJ at the World Meeting For Families in Ireland.
I don’t believe that this is about trying to get Catholics to treat Catholics who are homosexual better.
Rather, this is part of a larger, concerted effort to normalize sodomy, which is a sin that “cries to heaven”.
When I began this post, I set out to offer examples from the talk with my own reactions. However, this is an example where there are too many points that would require too much space.
Suffice to say that Martin’s talk was a nightmare of manipulation and misdirection.
If you listen to or read it, be on the look out for the premises he simply wants you to accept. Be mindful of his slippery use of words, partial quotes. Watch how he sets you up with emotional anecdotes about how mean and homophobic people are (insinuation: if they believe and repeat what the Church teaches).
Among the most pernicious things was his stitching in references to “lived experience”. When you see from catholics the phrase “lived experience” be on your guard. They working to oppose, erode and replace the foundations of Catholic theology. Essentially, they use “lived experience” to justify whatever the hell they want.
How to respond?
Say the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
Then you might go to read what I have written about homosexual attraction, etc. HERE
Included in that old post is…
I have such respect for “gays” … that I won’t lie about them.
Homosexual acts are clearly wrong. Our parts are intended by God to fit a certain way. They are ordered to each other in a complimentary way. God made us to live the human life in a properly ordered way, according to our human nature which He created. We can choose not to live that way. If we have inclinations not to live as God made us, that doesn’t mean that God made the aberrant inclination. God makes all people. People with disordered inclinations are, of course, people and, hence, God made them. But God didn’t make them to be people with disorders. God foresees and allows disorders, but that doesn’t make the disorders the norm. All human beings are intended to live the human life in a properly ordered way. Those who have some disorder have a harder time doing that.
We believe, however that overcoming that disorder, which will entail suffering, will bring them great merit and beautiful rewards in heaven, if not on earth.
Same-sex attraction is a disordered attraction. God doesn’t make disordered attraction. He foresees and permits disorders, according to His plan. But it is not part of the normal ordering of living the human life.
Christian charity dictates that we strive for what is truly the good of the other. That means, when our relationship merits or dictates, careful, kind and humble presentation of the truth. We must not treat anybody with cold cruelty. We should be ready with the spiritual and corporal works of mercy when required (which is more often than we sometimes acknowledge). But, in desiring to be kind, we must not call sin good.
If you fail in charity, say you are sorry, make amends, make changes so that vice doesn’t take root.
But don’t lie out of false mercy. That’s cruelty. That’s the blow upon the bruise.