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Queer Eye Piety

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 30, 2004

Father James Martin, S.J., vindicates the sanctity of the Eucharist against the assault mounted by Cardinal Francis George and the skinhead clergy who might obey his instructions. Note that, as a self-styled moderate seeking to avoid both extremes, Martin has severe words for naughty activists as well. This sermonette played on NPR.

"If on Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, priests in Chicago deny communion to gays and lesbians, they will be further politicizing the Eucharist; if those denied communion return to their pews and stand in protest, then they too will be politicizing this holiest of sacraments."

Transsubstantiation fans will remember Terrence McNally's queer shock play Corpus Christi, portraying a gay Jesus who, inter alia, violates the Sixth Commandment in unspeakably extravagant ways with Judas and Philip. In the Jesuit magazine America (10-17-98), Martin sniffed that the critics were over-reacting. "The sex remains offstage," he said. Now what can be fairer than that? Clearly we're dealing with spiritual perspicacity of no ordinary measure, and only a churl could fail to be deeply moved by Martin's -- and NPR's -- concern for the integrity of this holiest of sacraments.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2004 8:52 PM ET USA

    How sad to see "The Pope's shock troops" reduced to this state!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2004 3:40 PM ET USA

    In the spirit of presumption characteristic of tie-dyed ecumenism, Father M. arrogantly suggests that he is somehow above this issue and that the greatest outrage would insensitivity, not sacrilege.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - May. 31, 2004 11:03 AM ET USA

    These people can't possibly understand the Eucharist if they truly believe that anyone can receive Communion. No matter how much verbiage is spewed about homosexuality, it was, is and always will be a disorder. I salute the men in Minneapolis who took a stand (kneeling) to let people gays know that they were descrating the Eucharist. It would help if we had more men of such courage in the episcopate. Politicians hedge, shepherds care for their sheep with truth in action.

  • Posted by: - May. 30, 2004 1:08 PM ET USA

    In the year 2004 the initials "S.J." explain it all.

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