But doesn’t Scripture call homosexuality a sin? No problem. Just avoid all of those “problematic” Scripture passages.

Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship, of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity
By James Martin, SJ
Harper One, 2017, 150 pages

For decades, the progressive wing of the Roman Catholic church has been pushing for acceptance and “affirmation” of the church’s active LGBT members. Given the amount of headlines I’m seeing in the Catholic press, there are signs that this crusade is moving toward a critical, watershed moment. Jesuit priest, James Martin (photo left), serves as the unofficial point man for the pro-Gay movement within the church and his name is increasingly mentioned in related articles and news stories, both pro and con.

In this short but very influential book, Martin makes his case for the church to accept and affirm active LGBT members. In Martin’s viewpoint, it’s not a matter of homosexuality being sinful. Not at all. He starts from the premise that God made homosexuals just the way they are, therefore sin cannot be connected to their behavior. In this book, homosexuality is presented as a gift from God that the church must respect like any other. Martin calls for the church to repent of its bigoted past attitude towards active LGBT members, just as he calls upon active LGBT members to repent of their disrespectful attitudes towards the church’s “overburdened” and formerly intolerant hierarchy.

Although there are several references to Scripture passages that appeal to love and acceptance, the Bible passages that identify homosexuality as a sin are noticeable by their absence.

All of the above is essentially a moot point because Roman Catholicism does not teach the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. But as a Vatican observer, it’s interesting to watch the liberal and conservative factions of the church jostling for advantage in this mounting controversy. Pope Francis has already overturned church dogma by lifting the ban on communion for remarried divorcees and by leaving the question of intercommunion with liberal Protestants up to each bishop. Will Francis also be able to overturn the church’s teaching on same-sex relationships and marriages or is the 81-year-old pontiff pragmatically preparing the way for his successor?

I don’t recommend this book to anyone. My interest was merely to get a clearer understanding of progressive Catholics’ views on homosexuality and all of my questions were answered.

Postscript: Martin suggests elsewhere that 30% of Catholic priests are homosexuals.

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31 thoughts on “But doesn’t Scripture call homosexuality a sin? No problem. Just avoid all of those “problematic” Scripture passages.

      1. No, but I just checked the news. I don’t know if this nun will be found guilty of selling babies, but the much greater offense was mother Teresa’s propagation of a false gospel of sacramental grace and merit.

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    1. Thanks, Jerry. Most importantly, the Catholic church doesn’t preach the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith In Jesus Christ so this topic and others are just sideshows. But the evangelical church is also feeling pressure to “affirm” gays. I can see this mushrooming. The big question put to churches will be, are you inclusive or not?

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  1. Thank you for reading this for us, brother. This is such a sad compromise, like having the antidote to poison but insisting the dying man is perfect without it. We have to love the lost enough to give them the Law and Gospel!

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    1. Thanks, sister! I see the RCC officially bending on this one in the not too distant future. Some so-called evangelical churches are already headed down the path. If people don’t perceive their sickness, they will see no need to call the doctor.

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  2. As God’s Truth continues to be comprised and not only by the RCC. that unfortunately the unsaved world consider Christian , we see why Jesus said will there be any faith when the Son of. Man returns to earth. Praise God He always has His remnant. Those that have not bowed their knee to Satan .

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  3. I imagine your observation is right that this book probably avoided all the passages teaching homosexuality is a sin. Thanks for reading and reviewing this so the rest of us doesn’t have too. Going tangent HarperOne publish wacky stuff…

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      1. This is all really strange. The average Catholic who still bothers to go to church on Sunday has no clue about all this infighting between the conservative and liberal clerics, and the conservatives are still reluctant to brand Francis a heretic and suggest schism to the pewsitters. What’s it going to take for conservatives to start talking schism? If Francis called for allowing blessings of same-sex unions, that would probably be a tipping point.

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  4. Luckily I know that since we are all sinners, it’s not up to me to “Straighten” out a gay than an adulterer or someone else breaking a commandment especially if I am still friends with a thief or worse. I’m reminded of the Parable of the Pharisee & the Tax Collector, Luke 18:9-14. “At least I’m not as bad as this guy.”
    Much is sin in our world and most know if they are sinners but like to kid themselves. This is why the gate is very narrow.

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    1. I agree sin is sin. I am saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ alone. But you’re missing the point. The LGBT movement is trying to make homosexuality normative. They want the church to accept the practice of homosexuality as non-sinful.

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