I think that Jesuit homosexualist activist James Martin is probably pretty bright. He has found a niche wherein he excels. He has carefully cultivated an image. Since his message perfectly dovetails with “the wisdom of this world”, adored by the MSM, and since it also has the support of the Enemy of the soul, how could be fail but to be a celebrity? He makes people feel good about behaviors and inclinations that they shouldn’t feel good about.
I have hope for James Martin.
Saul was a mighty effective persecutor of the Church before his conversion. But his successes before conversion were nothing compared to his impact later.
Augustine was probably a great recruiter for the Manicheans before his conversion. But he is sometimes thought of now as the second founder of Christianity.
I think James Martin, with a real conversion, could be of enormous help to a community in the Church who are in serious trouble and who need the straight stuff.
I read at CNA that James Martin came up in a conversation between US bishops and Francis during an ad limina visit.
Remember that Archbp. Chaput had written about the problems Martin caused with his highly crafted ambiguity and innuendo. Then the “photo op” took place, and Martin weaponized it.
.- During a private meeting with bishops from the southwestern United States, Pope Francis talked about his 2019 meeting with Fr. James Martin, SJ, and about pastoral care and assisted suicide.
The pope met Feb. 10 for more than two hours with bishops from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
Several bishops present at the meeting told CNA that in addition to discussions about his then-pending exhortation on the Amazon region, and on the challenges of transgenderism and gender ideology, Pope Francis discussed his Sept. 30 meeting with Martin, an American Jesuit who is well-known for speaking and writing about the Church’s ministry to people who identify themselves as LGBT.
“The Holy Father’s disposition was very clear, he was most displeased about the whole subject of Fr. Martin and how their encounter had been used. He was very expressive, both his words and his face – his anger was very clear, he felt he’d been used,” one bishop told CNA.
In fact, one bishop at the meeting told CNA that Pope Francis has said he “made his displeasure clear” about the way the meeting was interpreted, and framed by some journalists.
“He told us that the matter had been dealt with; that Fr. Martin had been given a ‘talking to’ and that his superiors had also been spoken to and made the situation perfectly clear to him,” another bishop said.
“I do not think you will be seeing that picture of him with the pope on his next book cover,” the bishop told CNA.
For his part, Martin told CNA Feb. 20 that “I can’t comment on what the Holy Father told me, since he asked me not to share the details with the media, other than to say that I felt profoundly inspired, consoled and encouraged by our half-hour audience in the Apostolic Palace, which came at his invitation.”
Two bishops told CNA that Martin’s work in regards to the LGBT community was also discussed with the heads of numerous Vatican congregations, and that some officials expressed concern about aspects of the priest’s work.