Gay Pride ‘show us who Jesus calls us to love’

Gay Pride ‘show us who Jesus calls us to love’

Gay Pride ‘show us who Jesus calls us to love’

ROME — Jesuit Father James Martin declared this week that Gay Pride celebrations show us “whom Jesus calls us to love” and are therefore “deeply complementary” to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The month of pride and devotion to the Sacred Heart “are not contradictory but complementary,” writes Father Martin. “Because each tells us something about how Jesus loves. And it is foreseen that both will be marked in June.”

However, despite the gay mantra “love is love”, the LGBT movement has little to do with love and everything to do with sex, as the movement’s initials indicate sexual preferences and inclinations.

According to Catholic theology, and Christian morality more generally, Jesus wants us to love everybody but he doesn’t want us to do that have sex with everyone we love. He doesn’t want us to have sex with, say, our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, or our friends of the same sex.

How Gay Pride “shows us to whom Jesus calls us to love” is therefore a mystery, and one that Father Martin chooses not to elucidate.

In his essay, the Jesuit priest also claims that “you can be executed in ten countries for being gay”. This is false and unfair. In ten countries you can be executed for sodomy or gay sex, but not for being gay.

After the publication of Martin’s essay, two Spanish priests dismissed the Jesuit’s arguments as unworthy of a man of God.

Jesus did not come to tell us that “all paths are good,” Father Francisco Javier Bronchalo wrote on Wednesday, and that a priest equates a sinful path with devotion to the Sacred Heart “is carelessness and a big lie.”

fr. James Martin must “think carefully about what he says. He could hurt a lot of people with these kinds of comparisons that aim to push his pro-LGBT position to its limits,” Bronchalo added.

For his part, Father Juan Manuel Góngora insisted that that homosexual “pride” and the Sacred Heart of Jesus “are not complementary”, but are “totally antagonistic in their essence and in their form. Humility conquers pride.”

Earlier this month, Father Martin claimed that Christian churches have a special duty to celebrate Gay Pride, as much anti-gay violence is “religion-driven.”

A woman protests gun violence on Hollywood Boulevard during the annual Pride Parade on June 12, 2022 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

“Can Catholics Celebrate Pride Month?” Father Martin asked, before answering a resounding ‘yes’, as Gay Pride is ‘a celebration of the human dignity of a group of people who have been treated like filth for so long’.

“It is especially important for churches to celebrate Pride, as much of the rejection and even violence that the LGBTQ community has faced has been motivated by religion, or at least what people think religion teaches,” the priest declared.

In the case of the LGBT celebrations, “pride” is not a sin, Martin said, as it is not a gratification of one’s achievements, but “an awareness of one’s dignity.”