James Martin has kind of become the face of the church in this country. He is featured on a lot of news reports and, most famously, on Colbert’s show as its “unofficial chaplain.” Wonder if he will go to SNL when Colbert goes there. His books are also quite good. I recommend The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything. This article is quite good although I have to say I agree with one of the commenters on his analogy about marriage starting at “We love our married Catholis…..Reyanna
By James Martin SJ, May 26-June 2, 2014 Edition, America Magazine On-line
Everybody knows that same-sex marriage and homosexual acts are contrary to Catholic moral teaching. Yet that same teaching also says that gay and lesbian people must be treated with “respect, sensitivity and compassion.” As more states pass laws legalizing same-sex marriage, more gay and lesbian Catholics are entering into these unions. This leaves some Catholics feeling caught between two values: church teaching against same-sex marriage and church teaching in favor of compassion. In Seattle a few months back, for example, many high school students protested the ouster of the vice principal, who was removed for marrying another man.
Most people who oppose same-sex marriage say they do not hate gay people, only that the traditional understanding of marriage is important and perpetually valid. Other opponents of same-sex marriage invoke the oft-repeated mantra, “Hate the sin, love the sinner.” If that is so, then why do so many gay people say they feel hatred from members of the church? (To continue reading, click here.)