Fr James Martin, LGBTQSJ. The Jesuit homosexualist activist.
There are so many things to say about James Martin.
Let’s focus today on the whopper he tweeted about Communion for pro-abortion politicians. Two tweets… connected.
Denying Communion to politicians, Democrat or Republican, is a bad idea. If you deny the sacrament to those who support abortion, then you must also deny it to those who support the death penalty. How about those who don’t help the poor? How about “Laudato Si”? Where does it end?
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 29, 2019
Besides, a priest has no idea what the state of a person’s soul is when the person presents himself or herself in the Communion line. As we were taught in theology studies, the person may have repented of any sins and gone to confession immediately before Mass. You have no idea.
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 29, 2019
Leaving aside the dopey string of moral equivalences the Jesuit draws in the first part, and focusing on the second part, we have to conclude that either a) his formation was so bad that he doesn’t understand the simplest distinctions to be made about this Communion scenario, or b) he is purposely trying to deceive people.
I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, so I’ll go with option a). Therefore, let’s explain the situation to him in basic terms.
Denial of Communion to a person under can. 915 is NOT based on a Communion minister’s estimation of the state of a person’s soul!
As I wrote to a commentator here the other day, a priest cannot know with certainty the state of the soul of another. I suppose one might make a really good guess if the person is in the act of committing a grave sin while he is standing there waiting for Communion. Even then it might be hard to say what the person’s state is.
… can. 915 does not pertain to the state of soul of the person.
Can. 915 has to do with what is manifest and it has to do with scandal.
If a person has manifestly been committing grave sins, obstinately, in public (such as a politician who actively promotes abortion even though he has been instructed not to) then there is an open, public, manifest problem that must be openly and manifestly corrected before he can receive Communion. He publicly committed scandal and that scandal must be redressed.
A priest doesn’t have to know the state of soul of the public person in front of him. If he knows that that public person, well known, has been doing very bad things without any move to correct the harm he caused, the priest, by can. 915, must deny him Communion.
On the other hand, there is can. 916 which pertains not to the priest but to the communicant.
Any person who knows himself to be in the state of sin is admonished by the Church not to present himself for Communion in the first place.
In short, can. 915 pertains to the minister of Communion and can. 916 pertains to the communicant. The priest judges open, public actions people know about at the time of Communion. The communicant judges his own state of soul, which is invisible to others.
The keys to reading the canon are the elements of obstinacy, perseverance, manifest character, gravity, and sinfulness. Biden checked all those boxes.
I hope that clears it up for the Jesuit.
But… no. It won’t make any difference to him. Why? Because he is a homosexualist activist.
Under can. 915 people wearing, for example, “rainbow sashes” who present themselves for Communion must be denied. This isn’t just about abortion, it is also about open homosexual activity, such as civilly “marrying” someone of the same sex, of which I am pretty sure Martin approves. It applies to parading around in favor of, in promotion of, homosexuality, even when the Church’s teaching has been made clear. People who commit grave sins openly and obstinately are to be denied Communion. This is to protect the integrity of the Church’s teaching and to avoid profanation of the Eucharist and to avoid scandal and to prompt the person in question to repentance, amendment of life and reparation for the harm caused.
The Jesuit homosexualist activist perpetrates a three card monte game with the truth about can. 915, trying to make it seem as if what is in play is the “state of soul” of the person, when it is actually what is publicly known about the person.
As a priest, James Martin is obliged to deny Communion to people whom he knows are civilly married to someone of the same sex. Remember that civil marriage is a public act. It is manifest. It is grave. It is a sin. If the “couple” doesn’t separate and publicly try to repair the scandal they caused by their open same-sex behavior, they are to be denied Communion. This is certainly the case at, for example, a funeral when, beforehand, a child of the deceased known to be in some open, homosexual relationship, announces her intention to receive Communion and then is told by the priest, beforehand, don’t present yourself for Communion. That was a scenario a few years ago in Washington DC and the priest was hammered for it by Card. Wuerl (big surprise there). It was entirely unjust and the priest was in the right. The priest was bound by the law to act as he did.
And so would be Martin. That’s probably why he distorts the truth in his tweets.
Maybe I should have chosen option b)?
Canonist Ed Peters has a column at The Hill about this. It confirms that I am right in my instruction of James Martin the Jesuit, and the Jesuit James Martin is wrong.
Anthony Esolen gives Martin a thorough beating.