Who are the real hatemongers? Fr. James Martin and his cheering section. Think about it. Whenever anyone criticizes Martin's enthusiasm for mortal sins of deviant sex, he responds with a hate-filled, name-calling screed. And his echo chamber on the Catholic left (and even a few on the right) join the chorus. Here's a bit of Ruse's article worth highlighting:
Writing at LifeSite, Claire Chretien has listed some of [Fr. Martin's heterodox statements]. He has said that Church teaching on homosexuality is not “authoritative.” He says attending a same-sex wedding is the same as attending a Jewish wedding. Martin says he looks forward to the day that homosexuals will be able to kiss each other during Mass. He says those who support Church teaching on same-sex “marriage” are homophobic. He says critics of same-sex relationships are probably homosexual themselves. He implies he is against Church teaching on contraception for the same reason he opposes Church teaching on same-sex relationships, i.e., it has not been “received.” He says those who would not attend a gay wedding are similar to racists. He says Church teaching on human sexuality must change. As Caroline Farrow in the United Kingdom has pointed out, Martin supports the right of gender-confused men to shower with our daughters.
These are the reasons the heat has been raised on James Martin SJ and the reason he fights so furiously, unfairly and even viciously against his critics. Putting aside his own incivility and that of his allies, he wants everyone’s attention on a shiny thing, the supposed incivility of his critics and not on the outrageous and even heretical things he says in public.Read Ruse's entire article. It's shocking to hear what's happening to him since he engaged Fr. Martin. Is Fr. Martin behind it? Ruse doesn't claim that, just points out that the level of viciousness is something he's never experienced before despite his constant critical engagement over the LGBT agenda.
Cardinal Robert Sarah has words for priests like Fr. Martin in his book The Power of Silence:
I will never stop thanking the good, holy priests who generously give their whole lives for the kingdom of God. But I will untiringly denounce those who are unfaithful to the promises of their ordination. In order to make themselves known or to impose their personal views, both on the theological and the pastoral level, they speak again and again. These clerics repeat the same banal things. I could not affirm that God dwells within them. Who can think their sheer outpourings to be a spring coming from the divine depths? But they talk, and the media love to listen to them in order to reecho their ineptitudes, particularly if they declare themselves in favor of the new posthumanist ideologies, in the realm of sexuality, the family, and marriage. These clerics consider God’s thinking about conjugal life to be an ‘evangelical ideal’. Marriage is no longer a requirement willed by God, modeled and manifested in the nuptial bond between Christ and the Church. Some theologians in their presumptuousness and arrogance go so far as to assert personal opinions that are difficult to reconcile with revelation, tradition, the centuries-old Magisterium of the Church, and the teaching of Christ. Thus, highly amplified by the blaring media, they go so far as to dispute God’s design.I'd say that's a pretty accurate description of Fr. Martin and his scandalous affirmation of deviant sex.
Ruse calls Fr. Martin "a clear and present danger." I agree, a scandal monger extraordinaire! Frankly, Fr. Martin makes me think of Ray Bradbury's story, "Something wicked this way comes." I'm having a Mass said for him. I urge you to do the same. What a tragedy when a priest of God becomes a servant of the evil one. He makes all heaven weep. As for those laity jumping on his rainbow colored bandwagon, shame on them.
Mary, Mother of the Clergy, intercede for all unfaithful priests scandalizing and leading to hell those they should be saving. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on them and all of us.