Bogotá, Colombia, Jun 4, 2021 / 13:20 pm
Fr. Nelson Medina, a Dominican priest from Colombia, responded to the June 2 Instagram video posted by Fr. James Martin in which he maintained that a Catholic can celebrate gay pride month in June.
This is not the first time that Fr. Medina has responded to statements made by Fr. Martin, who on other occasions has also expressed positions contrary to Catholic morality.
On Wednesday, Fr. Martin posted a video justifying Catholics’ celebrating gay pride month in June, the same month the Church dedicates to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In the video, the Jesuit considers two definitions of the word pride. The first is “the pleasure from your own accomplishments which can morph into vanity which is bad,” and the second is based on "awareness of your own dignity, which is closer to what pride month is: a celebration of the human dignity of a group of people who for so long have been treated like dirt.”
For the American Jesuit, “perhaps the best way to understand pride is to imagine what you would say to a young person who finally summoned up the courage to tell you that they are LGBTQ. You know that God created them, that God loves them and you know that God wants you to accept who they are. "
"So you would probably say 'I'm very proud of you' for you being able to say that. That's the kind of pride we celebrate. So, happy pride!” Fr. Martin concluded.
On Thursday, Fr. Medina told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, that “statements like those of Fr. James Martin cause confusion,” which has taken hold in many Catholics, and “a kind of false mercy that seeks to approve the practice of sin so the sinner doesn’t feel rejected.”
"In that sense, any invitation to celebrate pride day, marches or pride month is ruled out for us Catholics because all of them are part of the effort to remove the state of sin from the practice of homosexual tendencies or other similar or related tendencies. It’s not right for us to do that, the Dominican friar said.