“ROME — When the Catholic Church speaks of families, Jesuit Father James Martin contends, it should include families formed around same-sex couples since ‘there are many ways to be a … family…’
The well-known priest, who is an outspoken advocate and spokesman for the LGBT community, suggests that stable living arrangements that the Church considers to be objectively sinful should be given full recognition as families, since ‘gay couples can form families and are deserving of the term.’
In his essay, Father Martin says that ‘young people today are increasingly interested in questions about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’ and the Church should adopt the titles used by the LGBT community.
The Church’s use of expressions such as ‘same-sex attraction,’ Martin contends, is considered ‘disrespectful or even offensive’ to gay people.
Father Martin references Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 12:12-20) to suggest that people living in same-sex relationships contribute to the beautiful diversity of the body of Christ and are necessary to complete the fullness of the Church.
Curiously, Father Martin does not mention another quotation from that same letter (1 Cor 6:9-10), where Paul expressly assures the Corinthians that ‘men who have sex with men’ will not ‘inherit the kingdom of God.’
According to the estimates of one of his brother Jesuits, some 50 percent of the members of the Jesuit order are homosexual.
‘Roughly half of the Society under the age of fifty shuffles on the borderline between declared and undeclared gayness,’ wrote Father Paul Shaughnessy, S.J., in a 2002 essay in the Weekly Standard, titled, ‘Are the Jesuits Catholic?'”