The Big Tent

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 01, 2003

Those who monitor trends in Catholic journalism will remember the exuberantly gay-friendly Jesuit Father James Martin of America magazine -- the reviewer who heatedly defended the play Corpus Christi on the grounds that "all the sex was offstage." He's back -- this time pleading "don't jump!" to Andrew Sullivan:

A few weeks ago, Andrew Sullivan, a senior editor of The New Republic, wrote an impassioned article that appeared in the op-ed section of The New York Times, entitled "Losing a Church, Keeping the Faith." In his article, Mr. Sullivan discussed his ardent desire to reconcile his homosexuality with his Catholicism. In the end, however, he finds himself unable to reconcile the two and also finds himself, for the first time in his life, unable to attend Mass. ... His article manifests the intense pain and anger that many gay and lesbian Catholics have expressed over the past several years.

Father Martin nuances (if you'll forgive the term) his argument by pointing out that not only Leftist dissenters are browned-off with higher ecclesiastics. We're all in this together: liberals are angry at churchmen when they adhere to Catholic doctrine, conservatives are angry at churchmen when they depart from it. We're all of us bickerers. Can't we all just get along?

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 03, 2003 1:11 PM ET USA

    Dudes! I am about as leftist as they come but that doesn't stop me from trying to adhere to all the Church's teachings. There's too much labelling going around. As for getting angry at liberals and conservatives who do not appear to adhere to the teachings of the Church, I am not educated enough to respond. Plus I have enough planks in my own eye to start a housing development.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 02, 2003 9:20 AM ET USA

    From p. 14 of the current National Review: "Anyone who has looked to the Vatican during the world crisis of the last two years has not found there anything helpful in reconciling the claims of peace, justice and prudence. All too often, the desire for peace (defined mistakenly) has compromised the Church's moral witness . . ." This is the same issue -- our desire for peace allows us to subordinate everything else to it. Our TRUE desire should be that expressed by Jesus in Luke 12:51.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 01, 2003 10:23 PM ET USA

    Bizarre logic! Somewhere along the line absolute truth got mislaid.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 01, 2003 5:10 PM ET USA

    All Saints Day. Our priest today actually blamed the early Church for insisting on orthodoxy and thus creating division. Really, he did! I'm not for bickering, just the truth charitably insisted upon. Our Church moves thru history with dignity and equanimity. Those who hear its messasge move to eternal life. Those who don't, at best, become footnotes to history. We can't go along to get along. Neither will we fight others. It's their choice. Ours is fidelity.