Some Are Lovin'

I don't understand why Fr James Martin SJ cannot accept being disinvited to speaking engagements with the same graciousness, understanding and humility as His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is often considered 'too hot to handle' and finds himself for some reason being told that a venue or Diocese is not prepared to host him, yes him, a Cardinal no less, who has no problem with being called and treated as a Successor of the Apostles. I hear that he is most gracious when his speaking engagements are pulled for no apparent reason and with little in the way of justification.

I do feel sorry in a way for Fr James Martin because clearly there is nobody to shepherd him and reign him in so that he does not set himself up for such public disappointment and the attending histrionics that follow being regarded as somewhat scandalous to the faithful. Does he not have a superior somewhere? Wherever you are, you could really help this Jesuit priest!

If I produced business cards, bought a karaoke machine and started performing songs in parish halls around the country, to a handful of people I have no doubt, I can just imagine a few disinvitations. Incidentally, if I do come to your parish hall as a one-man band, do bring your pets too, as I recall a brief musical career playing in a pub literally to one man and his dog. But I digress. If such a venture were undertaken (hypothetical, you understand!), it would be completely understandable, no, expected, to be told 'Thank you, but no thank you.' Songs detrimental to the carefully cultivated image of the Holy Father might be considered a little too racy for some Diocesan bishops and their clergy.

Nice to know that if I were told a polite, 'No, sorry!' that I could then exclaim to all and sundry that I am 'just like Jesus' because 'I have been rejected'! Do you see what Fr James Martin just did there in the above tweet? He took the Gospel reading of today and made it entirely about what or rather who do you surmise?

That's right...the gay agenda ('Love wins') and most importantly of all, of course - even more important than the gay agenda - none other than himself, thus exemplifying the narcissism rampant among those who support the LGBT ideology, who deny that homosexuality retains any feature that could be defined as in any way a 'disorder', or condition of any kind, but who then parade the common accidents of the condition (a heightened sense of self-regard to the point of contempt for others) publicly, for all to see. Yes, many people understand Fr James Martin because they know in their weakness that without the grace and mercy of the Lord, without fidelity to His teachings, they are Fr James Martin.

I guess that if Fr James Martin SJ were not a priest, he would be as much a self-regarding, assiduous self-publicist as Milo, but he would not have the vital vehicle that has launched him into the spotlight which is the Priesthood. He may even have a book to sell, but he would not be able to garner as much support as he has, nor the credibility or patronage he has among Catholic communities without the Priesthood and the authority that confers upon those who profess at Ordination to be the Lord's sacred ministers. He only has the Priesthood to thank for his immense following. The Priesthood is for Fr James Martin. Fr James Martin is not for the Priesthood!

Clericalism, much? Fr James Martin S.J thinks there is no problem - nor any controversy - in pushing a thinly-veiled heterodox agenda, overtly political in tone, explicitly endorsing the LGBT propaganda, one that often runs contrary to the spirit of the Gospel, upon the faithful. But hey, I guess he is taking his cue there from none other than Pope Francis, whose ambiguity serves to let off the leash a variety of mongrel-gospels to run freely across the playing grounds in the Church, its adherents yapping and nipping at the heels of anyone who happens to be in the field at the time.

May the 'Father of all confessions' bless us all this Sunday. He is, after all, the Father of all our confessions, the Father of all Catholic penitents, of those who confess our faults humbly to the Lord, who in return lavishes grace upon grace upon us. Let us rejoice in the forgiveness and grace bestowed upon the faithful in the Sacrament of Penance that the Holy Father was clearly alluding to! Perhaps Stephen Walford could use this as an example of the divine protection this Pope has from speaking error, because if you just look at it on paper and misconstrue it slightly then...

Don't worry, I'm not buying a karaoke machine...not just yet!


Kathleen1031 said…
Thank you for expressing this so well. I find that I am leaning on good writers at this time as I think I am suffering from a case of Gay-fatigue. What these men are doing to the Church, the faith, and the outrageous insult of a Roman Catholic priest who flutters about in self-aggrandizement, who clearly believes the Gospel is here to serve him and his homosexuality, is beyond me in terms of my being able to adequately express my frustration and discomfort, at seeing our faith be so abused. To see such venom from a priest, such personal loathing for any Catholic who has not wholesale given up the faith so as to be acceptable to the gay community...and what is his problem? Many have indeed grabbed the pompoms and cheer, is he angry that he does not have them all? All I can say, "Father" Martin, is, NEVER.
john haggerty said…
Do any of us really know what is coming?
Please read:

LGBT Activists: Marriage Was Never the End Game ( by Leo Hohmann.

Italian Author Threatened for Discussing Harm of Gay Lifestyle. Silvana De Mari: The Powerful Are Using the LGBT Movement To Destroy Christianity.

The Left Needs to Call Off its Radical Fringe Bent on Destroying Christianity (the Federalist) by Andrew Walker.

Watch Jordan Peterson on YouTube as students at Toronto University stop him from speaking about the new Canadian transgender laws and changes in gender-language designation.

If the 'struggle' for same-sex marriage was only a means, what is the end?
To destroy marriage as a sacrament in the Roman Catholic Church and to destroy the Christian family.
To destroy the Roman Catholic Church.
Since the Church is mired in so much corruption, this is a good time for the Progressives to deliver the killer blow.
I don't think the LGBT activists are worried about the fringe Reformed churches where I worship. These will simply be closed down under Hate Crime legislation.

What's coming is polygamy, polyandry, group marriage, the dissolution of male and female as legal and accepted terms ... and of course the supremacy of empirical science over all debate on the meaning and purpose of human life.
Our schools have already been re-organised along these lines.

Does the world now set the Church's agenda?
Is it the Church's role to play catch-up with the world?
Does the Gospel adapt itself to the new gender-sexuality paradigm, or instead face prosecution?
Will bishops go to prison or will they just play safe and talk the 'Love Wins' blather of Fr. James Martin?

These are questions we would like you to answer, Holy Father.
And there isn't much time to dither, old boy.
Fr. VF said…
Milo and James Martin are not comparable. Milo is a believing and professing Catholic. He's a bad Catholic, but he's not a heretic or apostate.
The Bones said…

I thought as you did until Milo got 'married' to a man.

Milo believes in Milo. He needs our prayers like Fr JM
Anonymous said…
Better than Danny-Travolta, Mr. Bones, nothing to add, that's the End, my friend, estote parati.
john haggerty said…
Thanks for allowing my comment.
Jordan Peterson (read his Wiki biography) can be seen on YouTube:
Jordan Peterson leaves feminist speechless.
SJW Retards Attack Professor Jordan Peterson at U of T.

I apologize for the word 'retards' (not my choice) in the above title - we must respect and love those we disagree with, and remember that our opponents were created in the image and likeness of God.
I feel sad that there is so much abusive language in the so-called Culture Wars, especially on the Internet.
There is gracious book by a Protestant theologian who is in dialogue with Catholics - 'Adventures in Evangelical Civility - A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground'.
The author is Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary who wrote another good book, 'Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport' published in 2004.
All our conversations should be conducted with civility.
We must at all times LISTEN, and empathize with the trials people face every day.
The Culture Wars are going to get even more bitter.
We might ask: What would John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton or Dorothy Day be saying if they were alive today?

john haggerty said…
Is it 'already too late'?

Please watch YouTube:

Is This How It Ends? Mark Steyn interviews Jordan Peterson.

Jordan Peterson: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Dr Jordan Peterson: Why Bother With the Bible?

And on Daily Caller, a filmed interview - 'Christ vs. the Crowd: Jordan Peterson and David Gornoski.'

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