Father James Martin, the pro-LGBTI Jesuit preacher who was appointed as the Vatican’s PR consultant, is still pushing for the Catholic Church to be more accepting of LGBTI people.
Father Martin even authored a book called Building A Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity about this very subject. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of America Magazine, a publication about Jesuit faith and culture.
In this video, posted by NowThis Politics, Father Martin discusses the relationship people of faith have had with the LGBTI community historically, and how it’s time to evolve.
‘People of faith haven’t always been welcoming to the LGBT community and, in fact, many times people of faith have been outright contemptuous of LGBT people,’ Father Martin explains.
‘One of the things I’m trying to do, at least in the Catholic Church, is to remind people that, you know, at least for Christians, Jesus’ message was always one of inclusion and welcome,’ he continues.
‘Over and over in the Gospels, Jesus is seen reaching out to people who feel like they’re on the margins with a word of welcome. And I think what the Catholic Church needs to do is really take that seriously and to look and who is on the margins today in our church, and how can we reach out to them.’
Father Martin goes on to discuss the negative feedback he’s gotten about his book and his stance on LGBTI Catholics in general.
‘It’s astonished me how much hatred there is for LGBT people,’ he says.
‘The hatred, for me, just actually strengthens my resolve to advocate for them because it shows me, again, what they have to deal with.’
‘And, you know, any time you stand up for a marginalized group of people you’re gonna get some pushback. It’s inevitable, it shouldn’t bother you.’
‘By standing up for people who are marginalized in any way, you’re doing exactly what Jesus did and you’re doing what Jesus asks us to do.’
Watch the full video below: