Fr. James Martin Pleads the Victim, but Enables the Persecutors of the Faithful

By John Zmirak Published on September 9, 2017

I wrote here last week a little quiz that would help Christians figure out how they would have acted in past persecutions. I picked three well-known scenarios:

  • The Roman attack on the early church.
  • The Muslim conquest of ancient Christian countries like Egypt.
  • The Soviet conquest of Poland.

I also laid out for each four different courses of action which believers might take.

  • Boldly join the resistance to persecution, disregarding the risks. (Think of John the Baptist.)
  • Quietly but firmly aid all who want to keep the faith. Avoid both sin and arrest as well as you can, resolved to suffer if indeed you must. (Think of St. Thomas More.)
  • Duck and cover, sin as little as you have to, but save your skin. (Think of Peter, denying Christ three times.)
  • Convince yourself that it’s virtuous to join the persecutors of Christianity. (Think of Benedict Arnold, trying to hand over West Point to the British, in return for bags of money.)

Then the piece asked the reader: How are you reacting to the newest mass attack on biblical Christianity? You know, the organized campaign by governments, pressure groups, corporations, media, and Mainline liberal Christians to renounce 4,000 years of Jewish/Christian witness on sexual morality. By how you’re acting now, you know how you would have acted under the pagans, the Muslims, or the Soviets.

Father James Martin, Snitch

And now we have a sense of how Vatican advisor, media darling, and Scorcese-whisperer Fr. James Martin, SJ, would have acted. Not only has he published a book accusing orthodox Christians of being Pharisees. He’s all over mainstream and social media promoting a nebulous “outreach” to LGBT people that (wink wink) endorses their sexual lifestyles. Even worse, he likes to make snide accusations against his critics. It one comment he implied that those who disagree with him have “complicated sexuality.” So that’s their secret motive, you see: staying in the “closet!”

But Martin crossed the line of decency last week. He made a blatantly false charge against a popular, faithful website, CatholicVote, claiming that it encouraged physical violence against him. That got the site temporarily suspended from the crucial social media platform Twitter.

As the liberal National Catholic Reporter recounted:

On Sept. 1, said on Twitter, “And then this Dominican showed up and started beating @JamesMartinSJ like a rented mule. The crowd went wild.”

Martin replied by saying “Enough,” and condemned any encouraged violence against him, even in a joking manner. He added he reported to Twitter.

The original tweet was deleted and its Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours, its communications director Joshua Mercer told NCR. Mercer said in an email Sept. 6, “To suggest that our tweet was an incitement to violence is total garbage and can’t be taken seriously.”

So Martin lost an argument with a better educated, faithful priest. A Catholic website referred to his humiliating logical defeat as getting beaten “like a rented mule.” And Martin went and told the teacher that CatholicVote menaced him with violence. Are you nauseated yet?

Twitter Wars with Serious Stakes

Veteran prolife activist Austin Ruse was. Again, as the pro-Martin NCR reported:

Ruse later learned of the exchange and shared the view that the tweet didn’t amount to an actual threat of violence. On Monday, he tweeted, “@jamesmartinsj ‘s response to a figure of speech is so pansified. I do believe he’s out of the closet.”

That tweet was also later deleted, Ruse confirmed with NCR, saying he did so because he thought it would go viral. He said Martin’s response was “rather snowflakish,” comparing him to college students seeking safe spaces on campuses.

Martin did not reply directly to Ruse, but instead posted on Facebook a screenshot of the tweet, and wrote, “Insults and slurs like ‘pansy’ are what LGBT people face every day, even from Catholics. But hatred and contempt, like this public example posted today on Twitter, only strengthen my desire to advocate for LGBT people, especially within our church.”

Despite some criticism of his tone by conservative allies, Ruse didn’t back down. Instead, he Tweeted:

Keep in mind that fiery rhetoric is something that Fr. Martin can wield as well. Earlier this year, as Jason Jones wrote here at The Stream, Fr. Martin claimed that critics of mass immigration were simply not Christians at all.

Martin’s minions swarmed on social media. They promised to report Ruse to his prolife foundation’s board of directors, in an attempt to get him fired.Austin Ruse

Standing Up to the Church’s Enemies for Decades

I’ve known Austin Ruse for 25 years. He has spent that time working patiently at the NGO he founded at the U.N., the Center for Family and Human Rights, on behalf of unpopular causes. Like unborn children in American ghettos. Pregnant women suffering under China’s One Child Policy. Africans under pressure to get sterilized from their governments and well-funded anti-population extremists. He has faced down Planned Parenthood, the Gates Foundation, George Soros’ hirelings, and whatever else the globalist left at the UN could throw at him. Fr. Martin doesn’t cow him.

And now Ruse is standing in the public square, defending the bible’s teaching on love and sexuality. He’s also defending fellow faithful Christians like Stream author Joseph Sciambra. That writer reports savage harassment at the hands of Fr. Martin’s supporters. As LifeSiteNews reported:

A former homosexual turned natural marriage advocate has received some vicious criticism in his lifetime, but nothing like the virulent emails from liberal Catholics after recently writing about pro-gay Father James Martin, S.J.

“I am disturbed and somewhat surprised by the amount and content of vicious messages I have received due to my last blog,” Joseph Sciambra posted on Facebook.

“I have NEVER EVER received the ugly sorts of emails and posts from either the gay community or the porn industry — that I now get from fellow Catholics.”

The former gay porn star, who has been sharing his story of repentance and conversion for seven years, is a popular blogger.  

Stepping on Jesus’ Face, Hunting His Disciples

Can we guess how Fr. Martin would have acted in earlier eras of persecution? We see that he sides with the powerful, while wielding the cloying rhetoric of Victimism to pretend that he serves the weak.

Perhaps it’s fitting that Fr. Martin served as the theological advisor on Martin Scorcese’s powerful but deeply misguided movie Silence. It told the story of Christian peasants in Japan who faced vicious persecution from that country’s pagan oligarchy. And of priests who caved under torture and switched sides.

If Jesus doesn’t save, it really is inhumane to encourage people to die in His name. So if you’re a Jesuit like Fr. Martin, you should spend your time on earth much more productively. For instance, by working with our pagan government, and helping powerful groups like the LGBT lobby.

In Scorcese’s film, the “right” thing for missionary priests to do is to renounce Jesus publicly. To step on His image and deny Christianity. And then to take comfy jobs (complete with wives) as Buddhist inquisitors with the brutal pagan regime. They will help to snuff out every last trace of Christianity in Japan. That’s the right thing to do because otherwise that regime will torture and kill even more “secret Christians.” So these priests are heroes, for renouncing the one thing most precious to them — their faith — in order to spare other people suffering (in this life, at least.). That makes these priests like Jesus, you see?

Reducing Faithful Christians to Silence

Don’t spend too much time torturing the logic here. The only way that the priests in Silence made the right decision is if Christianity is false. If Jesus doesn’t truly save you from sin, or if Buddhism saves just as well. In that case, it really is inhumane to encourage Japanese or Copts to die in His name. On that theory (Christianity being false), if you’re a Jesuit like those in the movie Silence, you should spend your time on earth much more productively. For instance, by “building bridges” to politically powerful groups like the anti-Christian LBGT lobby. And helping to quash their critics. Reducing them to … silence.

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  • JM

    Born homosexual is a lie that was created by secular society and forced on homosexuals. God did NOT make a single person homosexual. I challenge any person to find me a verse in the Bible that backs this born homosexual lie (and no. Matthew 19:12 is not a support for homosexuality)

    • Pigdowndog

      “God did NOT make a single person homosexual.”
      Quite right as god is a myth and myths can’t “create” anything.

      • JM

        ”Quite right as god is a myth and myths can’t “create” anything.” where is your proof of that?

      • JM

        where is your evidence that atheism is accurate and correct?

        • Pigdowndog

          Where did I say atheism is “accurate and correct”?
          If you’re proposing that there is a god please describe that entity.
          By the way, you’re an atheist just like me.

  • Morenowthanever

    Our Church is filled with many Judas Iscariots. How something like a James Martin was even ordained is a continuous slap in the face of Christ. Now this Pope promotes him? Little doubt who’s in control. This Martin dude can slander Jesus Christ himself – distort, twist, lie about everything our Lord said, and our Bishops are “outraged” by what some former White House dude says about them? Harvey, Irma, and the Mexican earthquake are simply a tease of what’s coming.

    • Becky


  • kiwiinamerica

    The minute anyone starts classifying Catholics according to sexual preference, you know there’s an anti-Catholic agenda in play. The Church turns away nobody, not even the greatest sinner, providing that person accepts Catholic moral teaching and attempts to live by it, even if sometimes they fall grievously into sin. Anyone who walks through the door of a Catholic Church, must bring with them a humble submission to Church teaching, whether they be saint or sinner. There is absolutely no need for sex to be brought into the conversation. The minute the subject is raised, as Martin always does, that’s a big red flag. The door of the confessional is open to all. Have you fallen into sexual sin? Then confess it. I’ve had to on many occasions, especially when I was younger.

    Therefore, all this talk about “welcoming” is a smoke screen. The problem is that the lavender gang have made themselves unwelcome by constantly contesting Church teaching on sexual morality. Tell the Church that its teaching is all wrong then complain about not being welcome. Yeah, what a great example of humility.

    Typical of the mawkish, self-absorbed, narcissism which characterizes people who suffer from same sex attraction disorder.

    • Becky

      “Tell the Church that its teaching is all wrong then complain about not being welcome.” So true.

  • Patmos

    This guy Martin is using all the leftist tactics isn’t he? Aggressive lying, then when he gets taken to school he plays the victim, which is just an underhanded way to continue his path. It’s the anti-Christ spirit if there ever was one.

  • samton909

    Now Father Martin is playing the disingenuous big baby. Everyone in the world knows what “beal like a rented mule” means, but the simpering girlish Father Martin jumped at any opportunity to allege – falsely – that someone was urging violence against him. I cannot think of a more girlish response. Next thing you know he will be on the fainting couch. So Father Martin also committed a sin – he knew it was not any sort of threat in the least, yet he attempted to calumnize someone with it. For shame. This man should not be a priest.

    He now has his followers attacking Joseph Sciambra. Will Father Martin tell them to stop this thuggish behavior?

  • jobina

    Preach the gospel in its entirety, Fr. Martin, like you were ordained to do. You are in my prayers.

  • Earick Ward

    I have been battling Leftism for more than a decade. It appears to have consumed [some of] the Church.
    Could the Anti-Christ be too far behind?

  • dimitricavalli

    I’ve seen a number of people complain that Fr. Martin blocked them on social media for asking him tough (but polite) questions.

    Last week, Fr. Martin, commenting on DACA, said on Twitter that “excluding” immigrants amounts to “excluding Jesus.”

    Would Jesus block people on social media?

    • JM

      Jesus wouldn’t be on social media

  • JM

    The ”church” today is more about being PC than being holy. saying stuff like that Jesus would never offended anyone or exclude anyone. haven’t these people read the Bible? Jesus did offend people and don’t know they that there is a place called HELL? which is an exclusion from God and heaven?

  • John

    This guy increasingly looks like a wolf in sheeps cloth. His gifts as a speaker and acumen make him dangerous. Teachers like him rob the cross of its power, and are themselves dividing the kingdom, by calling what is bad good-they are tying up the strongman and letting the house get robbed-the threat is within-. Watch carefully , teachers like him cannot really preach on Jesus and the cross , their message becomes something else. When the house is empty something else is all to happy to come in and fill that space.

    • chrisinva

      Satan is smarter, has greater gifts and acumen… in fact, so does the dumbest angel in Hell.

      However, rejoice: they *are* in Hell.

  • tanmara

    Yes, Fr. James Martin is all about a group(clique), and not about God’s people.

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