I recently did a post saying I liked this guy - Fr. James Martin S.J.. Now I come to find out that he criticized our Holy Father for stating same sex marriage and abortion pose 'some of today's most insidious and dangerous threats' against the common good. He can do that (criticize) and I'm not going to jump out of my seat and scream heretic, nor am I going to say I no longer like him. But I have to admit I'm very disappointed with the man. I'm of the opinion Fr. Martin ought to have understood the basis for the Pope's comments. Yet this is how Fr. Martin responded:
"Pope Benedict XVI's comments last week in Fatima, Portugal, in which he stated that abortion and same-sex marriage, were 'some of today's most insidious and dangerous threats' to the common good seemed oddly discordant. The equation of abortion, something that clearly is about a threat to life, with same-sex marriage, which no matter how you look at it, does not mean that anyone is going to die, is bizarre," Martin opined.
"A good friend of mine, who is gay, recently resigned from a position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he said, with great dismay, that 'abortionsamesexmarriage' had become one polysyllabic word among some of his bosses."
Questioning the Pope's comment, Fr. Martin asked, "Why aren't 'abortion and war' the most 'insidious and dangerous' threats to the common good?"
"The great danger is that this increasingly popular equation will seem to many as having less to do with moral equivalency and more to do with a simple dislike, or even a hatred, of gays and lesbians. "And that goes against not simply Catholic teaching, but against the Gospel,” Martin concluded. - CNA
So yeah, I'm very disappointed in Fr. Martin - maybe I expect too much of people?
Pray for the Holy Father every day.