Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2017 / 16:47 pm
A Baptist theologian, Dr. Albert Mohler, has claimed that Fr. James Martin's teaching on sexuality is "an entire re-orientation of the Catholic faith."
Mohler's comments refer to Martin's suggestion that Catholics should refer to same sex attraction or an LGBT identity as "differently ordered" rather than the Catechism's use of "intrinsically disordered." Mohler says the suggestion fundamentally changes Catholic teaching on sexuality, and on creation itself.
In comments to CNA, Martin rebuffed Mohler's comments, calling them "obtuse," and stating that those who identify as LGBT, or those who are not educated in philosophy or theology, could easily perceive the Church's language to be "cruel."
"So my point is simply that we have to be sensitive to the language we use. We can't pretend that language like that isn't harmful," Martin told CNA.