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Top Vatican and US Church Officials Back New Gay-Friendly Book
Religion News Service ^ | 4/7/17 | David Gibson

Posted on 04/08/2017 12:00:09 PM PDT by marshmallow

(RNS) The Vatican’s point man on family issues and a U.S. cardinal who is close to Pope Francis have both blurbed a new book by a Jesuit priest and popular author that calls on the Catholic Church to be more respectful and compassionate toward gay people.

They called it “brave, prophetic, and inspiring” and a “much-needed book.”

Such positive language from such senior church leaders is extraordinary and another sign of how Francis is reorienting the church toward a more pastoral focus.

“Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” by Rev. James Martin of America magazine, does not advocate for any changes in doctrine nor does it touch third-rail topics like same-sex marriage; nor do the churchmen who praise the book, to be published by HarperOne on June 13.

But simply using terms like LGBT to describe people is highly controversial for many in the church who insist that gay people be described as “homosexual” or “same-sex attracted” rather than by words that seem to affirm their orientation.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who was recently chosen by Francis to head the Vatican office on laity, family, and life issues, praises Martin’s writing in his blurb: “A welcome and much-needed book that will help bishops, priests, pastoral associates, and all church leaders more compassionately minister to the LGBT community.

(Excerpt) Read more at religionnews.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholicchurch; francis; gayagenda; lgbt
Martin is a card-carrying member of the lavender mafia and relentlessly pushes the homosexual agenda.
1 posted on 04/08/2017 12:00:09 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Total Insanity! When will God reset us?

God Bless


2 posted on 04/08/2017 12:06:31 PM PDT by jafojeffsurf (Return to the Christendom, A Moral People, and Return to a Nation/s UNDER God!)
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To: marshmallow

I remember when Popes had to be Catholic.


3 posted on 04/08/2017 12:16:17 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Some people consider government to be a necessary evil, others their personal Ponzi scheme.)
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To: marshmallow

ITS TIME FOR A VATICAN 3 COUNCIL TO GET EVERYTHING SET STRAIGHT!!!


4 posted on 04/08/2017 12:22:08 PM PDT by mainestategop (Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away! After America , There is No Place to Go)
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To: marshmallow

This is what happens when people are taught that to go to heaven all you have to do is marry a priest...


5 posted on 04/08/2017 12:24:50 PM PDT by lavaroise
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To: marshmallow

Reading articles like this make me begin to wonder if I’m lucky to not be a Catholic.


6 posted on 04/08/2017 12:34:47 PM PDT by upchuck (Be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy.)
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To: upchuck; marshmallow

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>> “Reading articles like this make me begin to wonder if I’m lucky to not be a Catholic.” <<

But you are!

You may be loudly protesting, but you’re still “Catholic” if you call yourself “Christian.”

Constantine’s bishop, Eusebius, invented both the term christian, and its doctrines, in the mid 4th century.

They ‘own’ it.
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7 posted on 04/08/2017 12:43:06 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: upchuck

List of churches that do Gay Marriage, and you are lucky to not be Catholic?

Affirming Pentecostal Church International
Alliance of Baptists
American Baptist Churches USA[13] NOTE: The denomination allows each congregation to decide
Anglican Church of Canada[14]
The Anthem Network
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
AXIOS - Eastern and Orthodox Gay and Lesbian Christians
Catholic Apostolic Church in North America
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Communion of Synodal Catholic Churches
Community of Christ
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship[15] NOTE: Each congregation determines its own position
Ecclesia Gnostica
Ecumenical Catholic Church
Ecumenical Catholic Communion
Episcopal Church (United States)
Eucharistic Catholic Church
Evangelical Anglican Church In America
Evangelical Catholic Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
The Evangelical Network
Friends General Conference
Friends of Jesus Fellowship in America
Global Alliance of Affirming Apostolic Pentecostals
Inclusive Orthodox Church
Independent Catholic Christian Church
Independent Greek Orthodox Church of the United States
International Council of Community Churches[16]
Mennonite Church Canada[17] NOTE: Each congregation determines its own position
Mennonite Church USA[18] NOTE: Each conference determines its own position
Metropolitan Community Church
Moravian Church in America Northern Province[19]
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches[20][21] NOTE: Each congregation is free to determine its own policy
Old Catholic Church[22]
Old Catholic Church-Charismatic Rite[23]
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Progressive Christian Alliance
Reconciling Pentecostals International
Reformed Anglican Catholic Church
Reformed Church in America[24] NOTE: Gay pastors may serve congregations if they were ordained in another denomination; some member churches allow gay marriage.
Restoration Church of Jesus Christ (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) — a Latter Day Saint denomination
Swedenborgian Church of North America
The Progressive Episcopal Church
Unitarian Universalist Association[25] NOTE: Although no longer exclusively Christian, the denomination originated as such and is ‘mainline’
United Catholic Church
United Church of Christ
United Church of Canada
United Methodist Church’s Baltimore-Washington, California-Nevada, California-Pacific, Desert Southwest, Detroit, Greater New Jersey, Great Plains, Illinois Great Rivers, Iowa, Minnesota, New England, New York, Northern Illinois, Oregon-Idaho, Pacific-Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Southwest Texas, Upper New York, Virginia, West Michigan, and Wisconsin Annual Conferences are affirming of LGBT clergy and relationships through resolutions.[26][27][28][29][30] The South Carolina Annual Conference passed a resolution supporting transgender rights.[31] The UMC also provides spousal benefits for non-ordained employees in same-sex marriages.[32] The Western Jurisdiction elected the denomination’s first openly and partnered lesbian bishop in 2016.[33] The North Central Jurisdiction considered an openly gay nominee for bishop although not elected.[34] Additionally, the Northeastern Jurisdiction passed a resolution supporting the option of allowing same-sex marriages.[35]
Unity Fellowship Church Movement
Unity Church


8 posted on 04/08/2017 12:43:22 PM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: nobamanomore

OMG the great apostacy is upon us!


9 posted on 04/08/2017 12:51:58 PM PDT by tjd1454
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To: editor-surveyor; upchuck; marshmallow
Constantine's bishop Eusebius of Nicomedia--- the one who baptized him on his deathbed --- was of the Arian persuasion, and was the man largely responsible for gaining the acceptance of Arianism in the Constantinian imperial circle. Which is to say, he was not of the Catholic faith.

To claim that Eusebius "invented" the doctrines of the Catholic Church shows lamentable ignorance. It is exactly, precisely wrong.

10 posted on 04/08/2017 1:53:00 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("If he refuses to listen even to the Church, regard him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.")
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To: editor-surveyor
Constantine’s bishop, Eusebius, invented both the term christian, and its doctrines, in the mid 4th century.

Wrong again.

Acts 11:25-26 So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.

11 posted on 04/08/2017 2:13:53 PM PDT by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: marshmallow

The lampstand has been removed.


12 posted on 04/08/2017 2:22:46 PM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: metmom

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The words in Acts 11: 22-26 are not in the older MS.

They are not a part of the Acts of the Apostles.

You already know this.
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13 posted on 04/08/2017 2:53:53 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I remember when Popes had to be Catholic.

They still do. That's why this guy can not possibly be the pope. If one is not a member of the Catholic Church, he certainly can not possibly be its visible head.

For those that have eyes....

14 posted on 04/09/2017 4:16:10 AM PDT by piusv (Pray for a return to the pre-Vatican II (Catholic) Faith)
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