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Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity

Voice in a time marked by anger prejudice and divisivenessOn the day after the Orlando nightclub shooting James Martin SJposted a video on Facebook in which he called for solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters The largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected he began He then implored his fellow Catholicsand people everywhereto stand not only with the people of Orlando but also with their LGBT brothers and sisters Father Martin's post went viral and was viewed than 16 milliontimesAdapted from an addresshe gave to Ne. Respect yes Sensitivity yes Compassion yes No mention of the truth in this book It leaves one confused and wondering where to go with Church teaching since its mention was seemingly an embarrassment No mention of how to convey Church teaching on same sex attraction in a compassionate sensitive and respectful way In no way does this book actually support Church teaching on same sex attraction and same sex actions since it was barely mentioned and failed to build upon that teaching Electing Judges upon that teaching

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A treasurea wise and entertaining book that should appeal to the spiritual pilgrim in all of us no matter what the faith and no matter whether believer or nonbeliever Chicago TribuneTheNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Jesuit Guide to Almost EverythingandJesus A Pilgrimageturns his attention to the relationship between LGBT Catholics and the Church in this loving inclusive and revolutionary bookA powerful call for tolerance acceptance and supportand a reminder of Jesus' message for us to love one another In this moving and inspiring book Martin offers a powerful loving and much needed. I read this excellent little book and am really surprised at the furor and backlash I m not naive about the extent to which the most traditionalist Catholics and other Christians can get worked up about LGBT issues But honestly I think they are ranting about something that isn t there Not to mention making personal attacks against Father Martin The book makes a perfectly appropriate appeal kind and gentle which is Fr Jim s way that the Church treat LGBT members with respect compassion and sensitivity Then he takes eual time 3 chapters to appeal to LGBT individuals to treat Church leadership with respect compassion and sensitivity The last half of the book is an offering of scripture passages with uestions for meditation and ideas for prayer At no point does he endorse gay marriage or for that matter homosexual acts He doesn t condemn them either That s not the purpose of the book I found nothing whatever inconsistent with Church teaching Or the Gospels

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W Ways Ministry a group that ministers to and advocates for LGBT CatholicsBuilding a Bridgeprovides a roadmap for repairing and strengthening the bonds that unite all of us as God's children Martin uses the image of a two way bridgeto enableLGBT Catholics and the Church to come together in a call to end the us versus them mentality Turning to the Catechism he draws on the three criteria at the heart of the Christian ministryrespect compassion and sensitivityas a model for how the Catholic Church should relate to the LGBT community WINNER OF THE LIVING NOW BOOK AWARD IN SOCIAL ACTIVISMCHARI. Father James Martin is a writer who has the rare talent of making the Christian faith exciting and challenging and thought provoking He has a uniue brand of humour spirituality and faith which makes the books a pleasure to read and provides much to think about laterIn BUILDING A BRIDGE he takes on the challenge of the relationship between the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community and he does it with grace and charm pointing out that we are all together on the same bridge and it is by walking together with love and respect that we can understand one another and build a fruitful relationshipFr Martin provides a series of biblical meditations which help us to examine our lives as Christians but with particular reference e to the LGBT community


About the Author: James Martin

Rev James Martin SJ is a Jesuit priest editor at large of America magazine consultor to the Vaticans Secretariat for Communications and author of numerous books including the New York Times bestsellers uot;Jesus A Pilgrimageuot; and uot;The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everythinguot; Among his other books uot;My Life with the Saintsuot; and uot;Between Heaven and Mirthuot; were named by Publishers Weekly as uot;Best Booksuot; of the year and three of his books have received Christopher Awards Father Martin is a freuent commentator in the national and international media having appeared on all the major networks and in such diverse outlets as The Colbert Report Fresh Air On Being Fox amp; Friends PBSs NewsHour the New York Times The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe as well as on the History Channel BBC and Vatican Radio Before entering the Jesuits in 1988 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business



13 thoughts on “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity

  1. says:

    Martin bases his main argument on an appeal to emotion and cites no real theology or tradition of the church. A good portion of the organizat

  2. says:

    This is not a good book for understanding where Catholics stand

  3. says:

    I read this excellent little book and am really surprised at the furor and backlash. I'm not naive about the extent to which the most

  4. says:

    This is a book that has generated quite a bit of controversy, so I decided to do my own due diligence. It is a short, edifying read.

    The book is divided into 3 sections, the Bridge section, the Meditation and Reflection sect

  5. says:

    Full disclosure: I feel , as does my Diocese, that the book "Made For Love" by Fr. Schmitz is the superior choice on this subject. Fr. Martin i

  6. says:

    Respect yes. Sensitivity yes. Compassion yes. No mention of the truth in this book. It leaves one confused and wondering where to go with Church teaching since its mention was seemingly an embarrassment. No mention of how to

  7. says:

    I read your book because many of my parishioners were curious as to why it was controversial. I can say honestly that this book is a good read and doesn’t nor you, deserve the negative publicity that it or you have received. Thanks for the wonderful questions and scriptural passages at the end of your book. These will come in hand

  8. says:

    The views expressed in this book are heretical! A warning to any faithful Catholics, this text conforms neither to Scripture nor Tradition! Whil

  9. says:

    Father James Martin is a writer who has the rare talent of making the Christian faith exciting and challenging and thought

  10. says:

    I know that this book has received a lot of criticism and it is just the beginning of a long road. Something happen to me a few yea

  11. says:

    A Catholic teacher and spiritual writer of stature writes the shortest possible book, around 50 tiny pages plus an appendix of Scripture passages, about the largest and most problematic topic, love and all its echoes and

  12. says:

    Fr Martin challenges on how the Catholic Church can react and respond to the Gay community.
    Compassionate and challenges my preconceptions as a straight man. I found this informative and very helpful in line with the Church's teaching.
    I have reread this book many times, it challenges and changes.
    It makes me an

  13. says:

    What a beautiful written text which allows you to feel that Jesus loves everyone? Some beautiful prayers and passages. There is a long way to go however, that has maintained my dignity and faith, not only do LGBT deserve to be part

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