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In rare WSJ op-ed, Cardinal Sarah says Fr. Martin's LGBT outreach falls short


Cardinal Robert Sarah Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican Feb 10 2015. Photo credit: Bohumil Petrik CNA 2 CNA 2 10 15

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New York City, N.Y., Sep 1, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Catholic outreach to LGBT individuals must always include the truth about Catholic teaching and chastity, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an article responding to Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin.

“The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to the LGBT community,” Cardinal Sarah wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal Sept. 1.

“This criticism deserves a reply, not so much to defend the Church’s practices reflexively, but to determine whether we, as the Lord’s disciples, are reaching out effectively to a group in need.”

The Guinean-born cardinal heads the Congregation for Divine Worship. He specifically named Father Martin, S.J., editor-at-large of the Jesuits’ America Magazine, as “one of the most outspoken critics of the Church’s message with regard to sexuality.”

Fr. Martin has become a media personality and has a significant presence on social media. He authored the 2017 book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.”

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