Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, September 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput weighed in last week on the heated debate surrounding Jesuit Father James Martin’s continual promotion of unorthodox stances on sexuality and those who would seek to demonize opposition to those stances.
Writing Thursday for First Things, Archbishop Chaput addressed some of the reaction to the Catholic University of America-affiliated Theological College having cancelled Father Martin’s scheduled appearance at its Alumni Days.
In the process of issuing a call for civility, the archbishop offered reinforcement to the LGBT-affirming Jesuit and to the sweeping statement that critics of his problematic stances are attacking him personally. The archbishop also chose to bring up a two-year-old quarrel of his own with some of those critics.
Archbishop Chaput pointed out in his article that Father Martin’s message is not above reproach and noted there has been significant toxic derision from factions on the left for decades.
He also cautioned against casting Father Martin as a martyr, acknowledged “perceived ambiguities in some of Fr. Martin’s views on sexuality,” and said clear judgment is an obligation of Catholic discipleship — especially on moral issues.
But he also wrote, “Some
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