Fr. James Martin Demands Bishops Censor His Critics for ‘Hate’

By John Zmirak Published on January 30, 2018

Father James Martin, SJ has a problem with power. He craves it, as an addict dreams of the needle.

What do I mean? On the issue that most threatens the coherence of Christian churches and their liberty in America, Martin collaborates with the Church’s persecutors: the powerful, prestigious, and culturally glamorous LGBT lobby. You know, the group that can get people fired, shamed, and in some places even prosecuted for cleaving to Christian orthodoxy. Yet Martin pretends that his stance is somehow courageous. When faithful Catholics speak out against him, he accuses them of “hate speech,” which in some places is borderline illegal. He casts the organizations that criticize his stance as “extremists,” even “alt-right.” He’s trying to smear orthodox Christians with the dung-soaked brush of disgraceful racism.

Faithful Believers Push Back

Most recently, some lay Catholics protested Martin’s appearance at a parish in New Jersey. As LifeSiteNews reports:

A lay Catholic group known for its fidelity to Church teaching on life, marriage, and family has successfully campaigned to have a Catholic parish cancel a talk offered by pro-homosexual priest and Vatican adviser Fr. James Martin. The Jesuit priest is now on a warpath against the Catholic group, slamming them on social media as “bullies.”

Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) launched a petition after learning that Fr. Martin was scheduled to give a Lenten reflection at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Whitehouse, New Jersey on February 15, 2018. 

The lay group noted how the pro-LGBT priest acted like a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” when it came to Catholic teaching on sexuality.

The group stated in its petition: 

  • Martin said Catholics should “reverence” homosexual unions
  • Martin supports the acceptance of transgenderism for children
  • Martin favors homosexual kissing during Mass (sacrilege against God)
  • Martin calls dissident, pro-homosexual nun a “saint”
  • Martin welcomed an award from New Ways Ministry, a group condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

“Fr. Martin’s push to normalize unnatural vice inside the Church, prompted Catholic leaders to cancel some of his recently scheduled appearances,” stated TFP. 

It seems like a little thing. A group of lay Catholics thinks that Martin falsifies ancient Jewish-Christian teaching on sexuality. So they used peaceful means to convince a pastor not to sponsor his talk. That’s within their rights. As Americans and as Catholics. It’s within the pastor’s purview to make that decision.

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Time to Quash the Orthodox

But Father Martin is trying to cast free speech and lay activism as extremist bullying. And he wants it stopped. As he Tweeted:

Have you got that? Bishops should step in and condemn lay Catholics who criticize Fr. Martin. Or else they’re complicit in giving in to “hate.” Catholics should face public condemnation by their bishops if they dare to disagree with Martin’s new, Caesar-friendly stance on same-sex sin.

Think of Martin’s position as a special advisor to the Vatican. Of his friendly relations with many bishops. Of his long list of media buddies. (He worked with Martin Scorcese on the movie Silence, and appears on Stephen Colbert’s show.) Don’t be surprised if he finds some takers. He’s doubtless hoping to see compliant bishops condemn groups like TFP. He hopes they’ll ban them from churches, denounce them in Church newspapers, as if they were indeed some kind of hate group.

Father Quisling, Stooge of Caesar

I answered Fr. Martin this way:

Imagine an America under President Kamala Harris. As Attorney General of California she prosecuted David Daleiden for investigating Planned Parenthood. Her California Democratic Party tried to deny routine federal funds to any religious college that upholds Christian morals. How do you think her appointees to the federal anti-discrimination apparat would treat Christians who resist the LGBT agenda?

Let’s say such a catastrophe happens. Where do you think clergy like Fr. Martin will be standing? Will they speak up for religious freedom? Or will they serve as front men for Caesar and his soldiers? Will they certify that “mainstream,” “authentic” Christian churches have no quarrel with the government? That it’s just those “hateful” “extremists,” who are really no better than racists?

Bishops should step in and condemn lay Catholics who criticize Fr. Martin. Or else they’re complicit in giving in to “hate.”

I’ve always thought it telling how Martin helped write Scorcese’s Silence. Martin praised the priests who avoided martyrdom. Who instead chose to work with the pagan government. They took wives, nice homes, and salaries, and helped to hunt down secret Christians. Martin wrote in America magazine that they made that choice because Jesus told them to.

Like the sly Jesuit that he is, Fr. Martin is thinking ahead.

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  • handydan

    Martin (he may be a priest, but he is not to me) is a pestilence on the Catholic priesthood. He should be ex-communicated for endorsing mortal-sinful behavior. I find the adage “Pray for him” very difficult. I will leave the praying for him up to others.

    • Armin

      Ditto,is there any difference between his beliefs and the pope’s (serious question).

      • Ed of Ct.

        Bergoglio. Appointment.of him Martin’s apostasies plus Roisica , sparando Radcliffe and Fagoli etc. Is disturbing ..Plus his sellout of Chinese faithful and Luther Statues and stamps in.the Vatican is no small matter . It is outrageous misconduct by a sitting Pope no less…… Lastly mentioning his death without any mention whatsoever of resurection or the last judgement calls into question what faith surprisingly non Catholic cino Bergoglio Francis is supposed to be promoting and defending . Period.

    • Andrew Mason

      What would it take for the Catholic Church to defrock and excommunicate Martin? He’s clearly inverted logic and Biblical teaching to the point of flagrant heresy. What more is required?

      • ImaginaryDomain

        The CC is way too much of a useful tool to Caesar to defrock him. Just follow the money and power…

  • Ben Willard

    Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 1 John 2:18

  • Brand New Key

    I wonder if he realizes that his rants against Christian orthodoxy are “hate speech.”

    Back in the 1500s, the Catholic church did toy with the idea of allowing priests to marry. They made the wrong choice, and they are still living with the consequences. The RC priesthood does not attract godly, self-controlled men, it attracts men who have no intention of ever being celibate or married to women.

    • CB isback

      actually the largest problem is when they allowed celibate but acknowledged homosexuals into the priesthood.
      The vast majority of the catholic child sexual abuse has actually been pederasty against early pubescent boys by homosexual priests.

      • Shaune Scott

        Thank you for your words about the scandal of actively homosexual men preying on adolescent boys. For deeper insight into the issue, I recommend “Good-bye, Good Men” by Michael Rose.

      • GaryLockhart

        The overwhelming majority of the abuse committed by intrinsically disordered sexual deviants masquerading as Catholic Priests involves homosexual ephebophiles – aka chicken hawks.

        No homosexual – whether chaste or not – is fit to be admitted to the clerical state.

    • cestusdei

      Yeah we need solid married men who are godly like Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Robert Tilton…yep no scandals there.

      • selahgreene

        Any time people deny the law of love, the commandments of Jesus, there will be scandals. It doesn’t matter if people claim the name of the Lord; if they take His name in vain, they will live like sin. Jesus raised the standards of the 10 commandments, and said “Any man who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

        There are many wolves in sheep’s clothing in the church, masquerading as God’s sheep; it doesn’t matter what denomination they are. Taking the name of God in vain is claiming His salvation, while throwing away His commandments, His word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1. “His name is called the Word of God.” Rev 19:16. There are false teachers in all denominations.

        • cestusdei

          So then celibacy is not the issue is it? Jesus was celibate. So was St. Paul. You can be married and sin through lust. Celibacy does not cause child abuse any more then marriage does. I think you need to retract your previous comment.

          • Phil Steinacker

            Your remarks make no sense at all.

          • cestusdei

            They do. Celibacy does not cause child abuse. It is not a bad thing. Those remarks echo the anti-Catholic bigotry of our secular culture.

          • Richard Leskun

            “Chastity” is the word that ought to be used instead of “celibacy “in describing the true meaning of Jesus’ command to avoid adultery. Those who possess the virtue of Chastity are , If clergy, empowered to be celibate. For lay people the virtue of Chastity empowers them to be abstinent while unmarried.
            If Catholics use the correct words our richly formed ideas can be understood by the rest if society.

          • cestusdei

            Certainly they are connected, but our society and many Protestants see celibacy as evil. That is false and needs to be corrected.

    • Lsymn

      I know of two homesexual pedophile baptist teachers/preachers. Both married with children. Add in one hetero pedophile baptist preacher. Also married. All with children. All safely dead of natural causes.

    • Keyser Soze

      How many seminarians have you ever spoken to?

      How little you know.

    • Eric

      Christ Himself gave the evangelical counsels in the gospel: poverty, celibacy (Mt 19:10) & obedience. The Catholic Church from the beginning encouraged this, as evidenced by men like St Paul who was never married, but it didn’t require it of all priests until something like 700AD. It has required it of priests ever since. Various Popes have counseled banning all those with homosexual tendencies from the priesthood, but that discipline was relaxed before Vat II and largely ignored afterwards. Gays don’t belong in the priesthood, as they’ll be surrounded by men in close quarters in seminary and live with a man in a rectory. This is for a homosexual man analogous to a heterosexual man living in a women’s college dorm, sharing a bedroom with a woman, maybe communal showers, etc, and then living with a woman under a single roof. There are other, deeper theological reasons for banning gays from the priesthood: a priest is a spiritual father, so no man who cannot have biological children can be a priest.

      I’m unaware of the Church considering lifting the ban on married clergy in the 1500’s, but they made the right choice, as subsequent history showed: the Church cleaned up her act after the Reformation and re-instituted her traditional disciplines. The Catholic Church thrived for several centuries after that, despite the French Revolution and “Age of Enlightenment”.

      Last but not least: 80% of the priest pedophilia cases from the 50’s until the early 00’s were homosexual. Such men weren’t simply unable to control their sexual drive and so took a female concubine, which it could be argued allowing them to marry would address; most of them were homosexuals who went after young boys. Allowing them to marry a woman would not address their sexual appetite to prey on boys.

  • Shears-of-Atropos

    This is almost funny in its irony. Lay people bullying a Jesuit? Historically, it’s been the other way around. The Jesuits are known for their orthodoxy and dedication, as are the members of Opus Dei, a lay organization.

    This priest needs to rethink Christ’s remonstration that He had come not to change the Law, but in fulfillment of It. There is little question on what the Old Testament said about homosexuality. The concept of “hate the sin, but love the sinner” does NOT mean you should permit homosexuals to sodomize each other during Mass.

    • selahgreene

      And many times in the New Testament, the same commandments against homosexuality are repeated clearly – Rom 1 (2 verses); 1 Cor 6; Eph 4; 1 Tim 8; Jude 7. The last Word from Jesus in the Bible is the condemnation of ALL sexual immorality to “the lake which burns with fire, which is the second death” in Rev 21:8.

  • Patmos

    “who seek to substitute their spurious authority for legitimate church authority”

    This is exactly what Martin himself is doing. He has gone against God’s word, plain and simple. He has shown no authority in the scriptural sense, that is to say the authority Jesus has given believers.

    What an absolute pile of crap he is.

  • cestusdei

    In the name of stopping hate the good Father Martin simply shrieks his hate for those who disagree with him. He does love power and will use it to get his way. Non serviam is his motto.

  • selahgreene

    According to Fr Martin’s standards, the Lord is a hater, because Jesus said himself that ALL who are guilty of ANY sexual immorality would be condemned to the lake of fire which is the second death. Rev 21:8. 8 times in the Old Testament, 6 times in the New Testament homosexuality and lesbianism are specifically condemned, in no uncertain terms. There are 100 verses in the New Testament, 10 from Jesus, commanding us to live in the Spirit, and die to the flesh. That is how we reach His kingdom, not by indulging in sin and calling it ‘Love’.

    The world demands that tolerance of sin be re-imagined as “Love”. The promoting of Spirit killing, disease creating, death inducing behavior is the world’s definition of love. Jesus warned us (Matt 24) that in the last days, many false teachers and false prophets would appear and deceive many; “Many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.” Martin and others like him are of the spirit of antichrist, which the Lord warned us about.

    He also spoke of the fate of these false teachers, who teach that sin is love: “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father.'” Fr Martin and hundreds of other false teachers teach lawlessness, that the commandments of Jesus no longer apply. Jesus has this to say to them: ” I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.'” Martin teaches the practice of lawlessness. He intends to deceive as many as possible into being rejected by Jesus.

    • eric

      Once we are accused of “hate speech” (by the real haters), it is hard to refute unless we have a reply ready. I like to put it this way: As a Christian, it is not my nature to hate people, and having experienced the power of God’s love, I want to join Him in Heaven, and I want everyone else to make it to Heaven too. The only way to do that is to obey God’s laws, which are well defined in the old and new testaments. We don’t want anyone to go to hell, but need to point out that if you reject God’s laws, you reject Heaven – and what kind of choice is that? I once read an item by a Bikie after the death of one of his gang: “Better to roam in hell than to serve in heaven.” All I can say to that is “Check the weather forecast at your chosen destination.” Those who dedicate themselves UNRESERVEDLY to God’s will know that His yoke is easy and His burden light. Fr Martin is a product of his times, but he is as capable as anyone of reading the Bible.

  • Chaz

    Looks like the vatican needs to look forward to more lawsuits. It’s o.k., because they have as much money as God does.

  • Rex Rhinesmith

    Thanks for your dogged pursuit of this heretic, John. Your courage and tenacity is greatly appreciated. And selahgreene too for the scriptural exposure of what side Martin is really on. Good reading, both.

  • robertobellarmino

    Wait a second. Not all Jesuits think like Jimmy the Creep. There are many who think he is repugnant. It is the spineless Jesuit administration who doesn’t control him.

  • Andrew

    No. We are going to censor YOU for promoting sin Martin.

  • Larry Wilke

    Perhaps he should read what Jesus had to say about it. Then he might have a better idea of whether it is hate or Scriptural. I don’t believe in persecuting anybody, and we need to love people in that lifestyle just like we need to love x-convicts, adulterers, and those guilty of any sin. Last time I checked, Jesus said, we are all guilty except Him. By the way, calling people names is a sin. He said that EVERY WORD OUT OF OUR MOUTHS WILL BE JUDGED.

    • Larry you sound so pious, do you realize that we are not only to speak/write words that hurt sometimes, but we are directed to HATE. Loving good and HATING evil is not a suggestion it is a direct command. Are you obedient to our Lord? If you don’t recognize evil because you don’t want the responsibility then you are not being a very good Christian. I imagine I use words you would not agree with Larry but I make sure they are all sound solid biblical TRUTH, I don’t go by feelings just TRUTH. Love is TRUTH.

      • Larry Wilke

        He only told us to hate evil, not the people who do evil. He loved the adulterous woman. He washed the feet of Judas. After the soldiers beat and crucified Him, He asked Father to forgive them. The people who stoned Stephen were evil, but Stephen asked forgiveness of them. Jesus didn’t come to condemn, but to forgive. The only people He criticized were the arrogant religious leaders. That’s where your word PIOUS comes in. Seek the truth Don, and it will set you free.

        • Tony

          Is that the same Jesus who said that fornication and lasciviousness were among the things that “come out of a man” like you-know-what, to go into the ditch, that render the man unclean? The same Jesus who had hard words for people who wanted to divorce their wives? (Or now, their husbands?) The same Jesus who had hard words for the faint of heart, those who worry about their worldly success, those who did business in the temple, and so forth? Is it impossible to see that sometimes you love people by telling them the truth they do not want to hear? And what about people who are vulnerable, who are in the vicinity of the person causing the problem? How are they to be protected against a preacher of sodomy?

          • teo

            …or how about that short statement from Jesus after his parable of the wheat and the tare. “If a person ‘leads someone to sin’ they will burn in hell.”

          • Larry Wilke

            Our job isn’t to judge. 1 Cor 4:5 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
            Judging isn’t my responsibility. You are correct. Leave the tares alone. His angel will sort them out in the end. He did tell us to love even our enemy. No doubt I have missed some of the points I shouldn’t have. “All we like sheep have gone astray.” If I’m going to err, I would rather err on the side of loving others and letting the ONLY ONE CAPABLE OF RIGHTEOUSLY JUDGING do all the judging. My past was not what Christ wanted. I’m grateful for His grace and mercy. But, if you don’t forgive, neither will Father in heaven forgive you.

          • Desert Sun Art

            We are indeed called to judge-to judge actions as right or wrong or evil. Judging a persons actions as evil is not judging the person. And if forgiving someone of their evil act is not condoning it, then the opposite applies as well. Not condoning an evil act has nothing to do with unforgiveness.

  • Morenowthanever

    The absolute height of hypocrisy is seeing that man wearing a Roman all the while laughing at God. This IS the face of a Francis Church which has nothing to do with Catholicism.

  • Morgan

    Martin is a heretic – plain and simple. He is on record going against the teachings of the Church time and time again. It’s time to kick him out.

  • Is that Martin or martian, is this jerk from another planet. I know the catholic hierarchy thinks a lot about aliens and such, perhaps OUT THERE where THEY are things are the opposite of how things are done on planet earth. Homos are good Christ followers are bad, Black is white white is black, right is wrong, wrong is right. Whatever it is this dud and his poop, Ol franny, are total vile losers.

  • Louis E.

    I’m a non-religious supporter of abortion rights who is nonetheless intensely opposed to the acceptance of homo- or trans-sexuality.I expect someone with the job of teaching Catholic teaching to stick with all of it,right or wrong,and Martin fails.
    I’ve voted for every Democratic presidential candidate since Carter and Harris would be the first one I wouldn’t vote for though I applaud her actions against Daleiden’s con job.Martin potentially shilling for a Communist China style “Patriotic Catholic Association” for her,I could readily believe.

    • LMan

      “Daleiden’s con job”… what are you smoking? Watch it… it is simple fact. Planned Parenthood is lying steady on tape and breaking laws… there’s no “con”… just revealed fact.

      You have to check your “wants” and look at facts… remember “facts don’t care about your feelings”…

      And, Planned Parenthood is breaking laws and murdering innocent lives.

      Please consider taking some good intro to religion classes… you may be able to find some truth…

      • Louis E.

        PP is no more “murdering innocent lives” than eaters of nuts are chopping down forests.
        You can’t treat a process as complete because it has started…the differentiation of human lives is not instantaneous.

        Daleiden was working deceptions,and that’s a con.

        Religion is replete with untruths,however earnestly cherished.Beyond the necessity of an Infinitely First Cause we know nothing.

        • LMan

          YOu should consider getting your facts straight… taking a baby out, breathing, then suffocating it or disposing of it and harvesting organs, has no comparison to ‘nuts & forests’… your disguisting suggestion that a growing baby is a nut, well, says it all….

          And, your lack of logic is so substantial that discussion is impossible… you use PP’s clever words in place of thought, to try and present sound-bites that appear intelligent… they aren’t. Process? Infinitely First Cause? Try looking at the most historically proven document… the bible.

          You’re pursuing the adrenaline charged teen lust for personal supremacy… problem is, most out-grow it.

          So, get some knowledge… I’m not wasting any more time on this conversation since you are steadfast in the rhetoric of illogic.

  • Keyser Soze

    Well Fr. Martin, that’s just fine. You go right ahead and just demand away!

  • Truthseeker

    How can a priest who teaches heresy be an advisor to the Pope? Doesn’t that say something about this Pope called Francis? His ACTIONS SPEAK MORE OF a traitor!!!!

  • Wade Ryan

    Mr. Martin’s true self is showing. Megalomania, narcissism, power-mad, liar, homosexual list, and hater & belittler of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    One could wonder if he is not actually Islamic, or communist, planted within Holy Church to help destroy it.

    There will be destruction at his hands. But I suggested it will not be holy church that is destroyed. That, by his diabolic actions thoughts and words, he’s destroying his own soul.

  • LMan

    What is truly disgusting is the US Bishop’s conference grinning like fat, lazy cheshire cats, and doing nothing to knock Martin off his satanic podium. Martin has committed so many heretical acts, he should have not only been taken out of service, but defrocked and excommunicated. Martin seems to have prostituted himself for fame…

    A sad reminder of the old saying “the devil does some of his best work from the pulpit…”….

  • Hibernian Faithful

    I love it!!!! Fauxther Martin as Father Quisling, Stooge of Caesar

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