“Faithful Catholics may be in for a “surprise” when they ‘get to heaven to be greeted by LGBT men and women,’ said a controversial Catholic priest who was appointed by Pope Francis last month to the Vatican’s communications office.
Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin, editor-at-large of the Jesuit-run America magazine, made the comment on his Facebook page May 5 after posting a link to a pro-homosexual event put on by New Ways Ministry and calling it ‘another sign of welcome and building bridges.’
When one Facebook commenter responded that ‘any canonized Saints would not be impressed’ by the infiltration of homosexuality within the Catholic Church, Martin replied that some of the saints are ‘probably gay.’
But Catholic saint and doctor of the Church St. Peter Damian called homosexuality a ‘vice’ that ‘opens up hell and closes the door of paradise.’
‘This vice [of same-sex activity] is the death of bodies, the destruction of souls, pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the intellect, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, introduces the diabolical inciter of lust, throws into confusion, and removes the truth completely from the deceived mind,’ he wrote in his 11th century Book of Gomorrah.
‘It prepares snares for the one who walks, and for him who falls into the pit, it obstructs the escape. It opens up hell and closes the door of paradise,’ he added…
Martin recently published a book in which he outlines ways he thinks the Catholic Church should be building bridges of acceptance towards practicing homosexuals.
Last year he accepted an award from the pro-homosexual New Ways Ministry. During his acceptance speech, he said that the Church should embrace homosexuality’s ‘special gifts’ and ‘lay to rest’ language about the ‘objectively disordered’ nature of homosexual inclinations and acts.
He has used his Twitter platform to support transgendered issues, such as boys using the girls’ bathroom and vice versa and has released videos on Youtube that advocate for the normalization of homosexuality in the Catholic Church.”