Jesuit priest James Martin – who is well known for his support of the homosexual community – led an online conference on June 26 that rattled some nerves. During the Outreach LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Webinar, Martin shared the contents of a personalized letter from the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute tells One News Now he found the pope's praise of Martin's work disturbing.
"Apparently Pope Francis recently sent Father James Martin a letter congratulating him on his Outreach 2021 Conference, which was this homosexuality outreach conference that incidentally hosted certain individuals who were condemned by the Vatican," Hichborn shares.
The keynote speaker during the webinar was Jeannine Gramick, a nun who advocates for LGBT "rights" and was condemned by the Vatican in 1999.
Hichborn has sincere concerns about the Jesuit priest as well. "He wrote a book called 'Building a Bridge,' which is all about trying to make homosexuality much more acceptable in parish life," he notes. "He's a grave scandal to the faith and to the faithful as he tries to do what Isaiah warned against, which is calling good evil and evil good."
In the letter (which was written in Spanish), Pope Francis praised the work of Martin and described the priest's work as imitating the "style of God." The letter was read aloud during the online conference before being shared on social media.