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Pope applauds Father James Martin’s ministry

June 28, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: “Pope Francis has sent a beautiful letter on the occasion of the Outreach LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Webinar, which happened yesterday, expressing his support for this ministry and encouraging us to imitate God’s ‘style’ of “closeness, compassion and tenderness,” Father James Martin, SJ, tweeted on June 27.

In his handwritten letter, Pope Francis said that Father Martin is “trying to imitate this style of God. You’re a priest for everyone. I pray for you so that you continue this way, being close, compassionate and with a lot of tenderness.”

“Though at no point in the five-graph letter does Francis mention the LGBTQ+ Catholic community, the priest said it comes as a response to an email in which the Jesuit, who’s also editor-at-large of America Magazine, shared with the pope some personal information, particularly about his nephew, and the Outreach conference,” Crux reported.

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  • Posted by: grateful1 - Jun. 29, 2021 6:37 PM ET USA

    Sickening. My heart aches for the Church, as our earthly "shepherd" throws what's left of his flock to the wolves.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jun. 29, 2021 6:31 PM ET USA

    Apparently Pope Francis has a linguistics problem distinguishing outreach from preach.