Jebbie Jim Martin to speak on welcoming L.G.B.T. Catholics at World Meeting of Families

Jebbie Jim Martin to speak on welcoming L.G.B.T. Catholics at World Meeting of Families

Father Martin: “I hope to share ‘best practices’ from parishes that have successfully reached out to groped the L.G.B.T. Catholic community.”

[AQ Tom: To be sung in hip-hop style: “All the way/ with the LBTGay/ at the World Meetin’ of the Famil-ay”] 

Michael J. O’Loughlin – June 11, 2018

When Pope Francis visits Dublin later this summer to participate in the World Meeting of Families, he will touch down in an Ireland that used the ballot box to express its dissatisfaction with the Catholic Church’s views on sexuality, ushering in same-sex marriage via popular vote in 2015. The decision, along with last month’s vote in support of legalizing abortion, highlighted the chasm that has grown between Irish citizens and the church.

But in an effort to bridge that gap, organizers of the World Meeting of Families announced on Monday that James Martin, S.J., an editor at America known in recent years for his ministry to L.G.B.T. Catholics, would speak at the August event.

“The organizers have asked me to speak about how parishes can welcome L.G.B.T. Catholics, as well as their parents and families. So I hope to share ‘best practices’ from parishes that have successfully reached out to the L.G.B.T. Catholic community,” Father Martin told America.

The announcement came in a program published Monday, which says Father Martin will explore “how Parishes can support those families with members who identify as LGBTI+.”

Last summer, event organizers released a preparation booklet that includes a section about L.G.B.T. people, along with images that showed same-sex couples.

“While the Church upholds the ideal of marriage as a permanent commitment between a man and a woman, other unions exist which provide mutual support to [couples],” reads the document. “Pope Francis encourages us never to exclude but to accompany these couples also, with love, care and support.”

Father Martin said there is still some discomfort among some church leaders when it comes to expressing support for L.G.B.T. people in the church.

“ And that’s tragic,” he said. “Why wouldn’t we want to help baptized Catholics feel included in their own church? And the argument that they’re ‘sinful’ is beside the point because we’re all sinful. We need to see L.G.B.T. people as full members of the church, by virtue of their baptism. They need to know that God loves them and their church accepts them.”

As to what organizers were trying to say by inviting a priest who has called on church leaders to be more welcoming to L.G.B.T. people, Father Martin said it is clear.

“The message to L.G.B.T. Catholics seems straightforward: you’re an important part of the church,” he said.

“I’m tremendously grateful for this invitation, not so much for what it says about my own ministry or writing but what it says to L.G.B.T. Catholics, a group of people who have for so long felt excluded,” he added. “I hope they see this invitation, which had to be approved by the Vatican, as an unmistakable sign of welcome from the church.”

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One comment on “Jebbie Jim Martin to speak on welcoming L.G.B.T. Catholics at World Meeting of Families

  1. Yeah, right, Jimbo…
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    Catholics also exclude anyone with bubonic plague. You can look it up.
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    Thr Lavender Lounge Lizards running the Motel 6 are 100% behind this faggoty diabolical narcissist, as are the quisling prelates of NYC, Chicago and my home town. And that, folks, is why the entire regime MUST be driven from office.
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    As. In. NOW!!!!!

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