Timely letter from Pope Francis to James Martin SJ on his ministry to gay Catholics
Pope Francis has written to the US based priest, James Martin SJ, praising his ministry to gay Catholics.
In stark contrast to the legalistic language used by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in their blessings document, the Pope’s letter stresses that God’s “style” has three elements: closeness, compassion and tenderness.
“Thinking about your pastoral work, I see that you are continually seeking to imitate this style of God,” Francis writes. “You are a priest for all men and women, just as God is a father for all men and women.”
The letter is also covered in the America Magazine:
Letter from Pope Francis to Fr. James Martin SJ
Dear friends: Since many of you are asking me about Pope’s letter on LGBTQ ministry, which I shared yesterday, here’s what I feel: The Holy Father’s beautiful message is an encouragement and inspiration for all those who minister to LGBTQ Catholics in our church. Moreover, it is a reminder to LGBTQ people themselves that God loves them with, in the Pope’s words, “closeness, compassion and tenderness.” Pope Francis also understands how important it is to reach out to all those on the margins–just as Jesus did during his public ministry. To that end, all Jesuits take seriously the Pope’s mission for us to “go to the peripheries,” both in society at large and within the church that we love and serve. Fr. James Martin SJ