Clergy, like Fr. James Martin, who are dismissive of Catholic Church teaching that presents “homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,” are harming those struggling with same-sex attraction.
In his recent interview published this week, Pope Francis remarked, “In consecrated and priestly life, there’s no room for that kind of affection.” For priests like Martin, who think gay is OK because God made you that way, it’s not simply a matter of maintaining chastity. Such blind guides reject Catholic teaching that same-sex attraction is “objectively disordered” and, therefore, does not come from God. He instead insists homosexuals are “born that way” so they “can’t change.”
While so-called Catholic LGBT ministries like Out at St. Paul in New York are heralding the canonization of a notorious pederast, the late Harvey Milk, the faithful Catholic apostolate Courage is presenting the fullness of Catholic teaching to those with homosexual tendencies. The former executive director of Courage, Fr. Paul Check, emphasized in a 2015 interview that everyone is called to chastity, must be supported in prayer and ought to be given the Catholic teaching on sexuality with complete clarity.