Let’s be honest, gays and religion go together like peanut butter and sardines, lime Jell-O and cut up hot dogs, or Donald Trump and humility, honesty, and integrity.
Nowhere have LGBTs been more ostracized than the Catholic Church; but four years ago Pope Francis when asked about gay priests, said five compassionate yet earthshaking words, “Who am I to judge?” Was he signaling a new more open and accepting era and Church for LGBT Catholics?
A new book, Building a Bridge by New York Times bestselling author, Fr. James Martin looks at the dysfunctional “relationship,” but draws on “respect, compassion, and sensitivity” to forge a new bond between LGBT faithful and the Church. Not for nothing, Fr. Martin is a Jesuit priest, ie the hardcore, no nonsense, “law and order” priests; yet his love and compassion for LGBTs inspired him to write Building a Bridge after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando last year.
Here is a recent interview with Fr. Martin from ABCNEWS, Nightline