Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ireland and Judas priests

Fr. James Martin, S.J. (left), Editor-at-Large of the Jesuit magazine America, TWEETS: "Ireland is for gay marriage because it is Catholic," referencing a USA Today article by Fr. Paul Morrissey (below right), a novelist and prison chaplain in Philadelphia. Makes me think of a comment someone made recently: the Irish referendum cannot be credited to a failure of the Irish priesthood. It was a measure of their success. I'm not sure whether that doesn't overstate the case a bit; but regrettably maybe not much, if Fr. Martin and Morrissey are any indication of the state of many clergy in the English-speaking world today. Yeah, that's a victory that will really help the Irish get themselves to heaven.

[Hat tip to Marcel's Ghost]




Fr. Martin weighed in on twitter thusly: "I didn't write the article. Please read my tweets more carefully."

Yet his original tweet perfectly echoes the misleading thrust of the article to which he points. And he refuses to clarify on iota. In fact, I have searched in vain to find him ever label homosexuality as immoral. His ambiguity is a perfect example of that vagueness endorsed by Vatican II, and hence his priesthood a perfect example of the teaching exercises that use Catholic vocabulary to produce a Catholicism that is closer to a modern-day Episcopalianism.

Having left the ECUSA myself, that characterization is intended as anything but a compliment.