- Jun 1, 2020
Jesuit Father James Martin’s talk on Jesus drew both fans and protesters in Chicago.
Members of Georgetown University’s activities commission deliberated for several hours on Thursday night and into Friday morning following a hearing on Monday into the allegations of student organization Love Saxa’s ‘intolerance.’ Campus gay rights groups accused the pro-marriage group of violating a rule saying student organizations are ineligible for recognition if they “foster hatred or intolerance.” The commission decided against punishing the student organization.
If Love Saxa – which supports traditional marriage at Georgetown University – is found to be in violation of university standards, as a student petition alleges, the Student Activities Commission could recommend that the university impose sanctions, including a loss of funding and access to university facilities.
Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal arguing that the Church cannot back down on its teachings on chastity, especially when it comes to the LGBT community. Jesuit Father James Martin, author of a new book on the Catholic Church and the LGBT community, says that Sarah has missed an opportunity to build a bridge between the two communities.
In his new book, “Building a Bridge,” Father James Martin fails to mention Catholic organizations trying to help homosexuals live their lives according to Church teaching. However, he does speak approvingly of New Ways Ministry, which has been condemned by both the Vatican and the U.S. Bishops. Is he causing confusion in the Church?
Pope Francis has green-lighted the appointment of Jesuit Father James Martin and Michael Warsaw, Chairman of the Board for ETWN, as two of the 13 new consultants for the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications. For American Catholics, those names can’t help but suggest an effort by the pontiff to project balance, since Martin is seen as progressive and EWTN as fairly conservative.