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Friday, July 7, 2017

Jesuit writer addresses LGBTs and the Catholic Church at Sunday talk


Fr. James Martin, SJ, who is on the editorial staff of
America,
the Jesuit magazine, will speak at Sacred Heart Church Sunday.


Jesuit priest and author James Martin, whose new book (Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into A Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity, more here) is gaining a wide reading in both Catholic circles and LGBT community, will speak about his new book and the possibility of building bridges with the LGBT community in a talk at South Plainfield's Sacred Heart Church Sunday (July 9) at 3:00 PM.

Gay Catholics have often been treated shabbily by the Church in the past, and while there has been much change in recent decades, Fr. Martin presses for the Church to move beyond tolerance to inclusion.

That is a big ask, but Martin seems to be in good company -- all the way from Pope Francis himself ("Who am I to judge?") to Newark's newly appointed archbishop, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, and many parish priests in New Jersey, who labor quietly to build parishes that are inclusive and show respect to all who enter.

Sunday's talk is being sponsored by "In God's Image," a ten-year-old LGBT group that meets regularly at Sacred Heart.

Fr. Martin will be available for a Q&A after the talk, and the book will be availalbe for purchase through Little City Books of Hoboken, which will be on site. Fr. Martin will sign copies purchased that day.

Sacred Heart Church is at 149 South Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ (see map here) or visit the parish website here.

Many thanks to old friend, longtime Plainfielder and RSVP charter member Bruce Zehnle who tipped me off the event was coming.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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