Oct 2, 2017
Today a few thoughts about building bridges and opening doors, themes which have appeared in religious news stories in the last few weeks.
On a national, even international level, there's been a rather intense debate about the recent book of Fr. James Martin, S.J., "Building a Bridge," in which he advocates that the Catholic Church and the LGBT community "enter into a relationship of respect, compassion and sensitivity."
Surely no one can object to that simple proposal, can they? However, while the book has generated admiration and support from one side of the bridge, it has also sparked fierce reaction and rejection from the other. Because of his unconventional approach, Fr. Martin has been criticized by church hierarchy, dis-invited from several high profile speaking engagements, and personally attacked on social media.
What's all the fuss about? (For full disclosure, I admit that I haven't read the book yet – I've read plenty about it, though, from various perspectives.)