Speech by Jesuit author of controversial book canceled
3 WASHINGTON >> Catholic University of America has abruptly canceled a speech by a well-known, popular Jesuit priest because of protests over his support for gay and lesbian Catholics.
The Rev. James Martin, at-large editor of the Jesuit-run America magazine and an oft-quoted commentator on Catholic affairs, was scheduled to speak at an alumni event at the university’s Theological College Oct. 4. The college, based in Washington, revoked the invitation following protests from conservative Catholic groups over Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.” Martin has said he was planning a lecture on Jesus and his teachings, not on gay Catholics or on his book.