Why is Jesuit homosexualist Father James Martin’s obsessive focus so troubling? Here’s an example.
No mention of June as the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart. Rather, his focus for June is on “pride” in sodomy.
To all my many #LGBTQ friends, Catholic and otherwise: Happy #PrideMonth Be proud of your God-given dignity, of the gifts God has given you, of your place in the world, and of your many contributions to the church. For you are “wonderfully made” by God (Ps 139). #PrideMonth2019
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) June 1, 2019
To his credit, he did tweet out thanks to Our Lady of Lourdes the other day after a successful “minor surgery”. I’m sure we wish him a good recovery. Maybe he just hasn’t gotten around to Jesus’ Sacred Heart yet and its on his list of things to do next. There have been times when I have not posted about a specific feast or event that I could have and maybe should have. I get that.
However, Catholics know that certain months are dedicated to certain things. This is how we roll, right?
January – The Holy Name and Childhood of Jesus
February – The Holy Family
March – St. Joseph
April – The Blessed Sacrament
May – Mary
June – Sacred Heart of Jesus
July – The Precious Blood
August – Immaculate Heart of Mary
September – Seven Sorrows of Mary
October – The Holy Rosary and also the Holy Angels
November – Poor Souls in Purgatory
December – The Immaculate Conception
June… same sex attraction? What world view does this come from? I will grant that we don’t always post everything that we could post. Things slip through the cracks, especially when we are busy.
However, if you are going go out of your way very publicly to put your focus on a special month dedicated to recognition of something and, as a Catholic priest and a Jesuit, you stress sodomy before the Sacred Heart…. Really? I don’t get that.
Did I miss his tweet about the Sacred Heart and June? I looked for it. Maybe I was banned that day from his feed.
No one denies that people with same-sex attraction are made in God’s image and likeness and that they have contributions to make in every sphere of life. What is disturbing about Martin’s messages is his consistent avoidance of answering the basic question that comes to mind when he tweets and talks like this. Namely: “Do you mean that the gifts and contributions people homosexual people bring to the Church flow from their humanity or from their homosexuality?”
A homosexual orientation or attraction is not properly ordered according to nature. Hence, even though God made everyone who has such attractions, he did not make them in order that they have those attractions. The attractions are a defect. Defects are permitted by God by they aren’t from God. Defects can be the way that people come to great holiness, through overcoming them in a holy way. People with this affliction can attain to amazing holiness of life and a magnificent reward in heaven. However, Martin thinks that the defects are authored by God, from God, intended by and put into people by God. That’s impossible, but that’s not the impression you get when you read what he writes. That’s, I believe, a diabolical deception.
In any event June, dear readers, is the month dedicated especially to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, after Whom a certain Society was named.
Battoni’s painting in great church of the Jesuits in Rome, the Gesù.
Let’s pray for Fr. Martin and all who have this affliction. There’s a good prayer by – soon-to-be-canonized John Henry Newman whose motto on his coat-of arms was “Cor ad cor loquitur … Heart speaks unto heart”. It would not be wrong to kneel to say this, even now:
O SACREDHeart of Jesus, I adore Thee in the oneness of the Personality of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Whatever belongs to the Person of Jesus, belongs therefore to God, and is to be worshipped with that one and the same worship which we pay to Jesus. He did not take on Him His human nature, as something distinct and separate from Himself, but as simply, absolutely, eternally His, so as to be included by us in the very thought of Him. I worship Thee, O Heart of Jesus, as being Jesus Himself, as being that Eternal Word in human nature which He took wholly and lives in wholly, and therefore in Thee. Thou art the Heart of the Most High made man. In worshipping Thee, I worship my Incarnate God, Emmanuel. I worship Thee, as bearing a part in that Passion which is my life, for Thou didst burst and break, through agony, in the garden of Gethsemani, and Thy precious contents trickled out, through the veins and pores of the skin, upon the earth. And again, Thou hadst been drained all but dry upon the Cross; and then, after death, Thou wast pierced by the lance, and gavest out the small remains of that inestimable treasure, which is our redemption.
My God, my Saviour, I adore Thy Sacred Heart, for that heart is the seat and source of all Thy tenderest human affections for us sinners. It is the instrument and organ of Thy love. It did beat for us. It yearned over us. It ached for us, and for our salvation. It was on fire through zeal, that the glory of God might be manifested in and by us. It is the channel through which has come to us all Thy overflowing human affection, all Thy Divine Charity towards us. All Thy incomprehensible compassion for us, as God and Man, as our Creator and our Redeemer and Judge, has come to us, and comes, in one inseparably mingled stream, through that Sacred Heart. O most Sacred symbol and Sacrament of Love, divine and human, in its fullness, Thou didst save me by Thy divine strength, and Thy human affection, and then at length by that wonder-working blood, wherewith Thou didst overflow.
O most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, Thou art concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and Thou beatest for us still. Now as then Thou savest, Desiderio desideravi — “With desire I have desired.” I worship Thee then with all my best love and awe, with my fervent affection, with my most subdued, most resolved will. O my God, when Thou dost condescend to suffer me to receive Thee, to eat and drink Thee, and Thou for a while takest up Thy abode within me, O make my heart beat with Thy Heart. Purify it of all that is earthly, all that is proud and sensual, all that is hard and cruel, of all perversity, of all disorder, of all deadness. So fill it with Thee, that neither the events of the day nor the circumstances of the time may have power to ruffle it, but that in Thy love and Thy fear it may have peace.