Sem­i­nary can­cels talk by gay-friendly pri­est

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world -

NEW YORK — Cit­ing a so­cial me­dia back­lash, the sem­i­nary at the Catholic Univer­sity of Amer­ica has can­celed a talk by a pop­u­lar Je­suit pri­est whose lat­est book ad­vo­cates for more com­pas­sion for gays within the church. In a rare public re­buke, the univer­sity’s pres­i­dent said Satur­day that he op­posed the sem­i­nary’s de­ci­sion.

The Rev. James Martin, ed­i­tor at large at the Je­suit mag­a­zine Amer­ica and au­thor of sev­eral books on Catholi­cism, said he had planned a sem­i­nary talk on Je­sus, not his re­cent book on LGBT peo­ple, “Build­ing a Bridge,” which has been backed by two U.S. car­di­nals and three bish­ops.

Far-right Catholic sites such ChurchMil­i­tant.com and some con­ser­va­tive Catholic writ­ers have de­nounced the book, and that had led to on­line cam­paigns to pres­sure Catholic in­sti­tu­tions against host­ing Martin.

[MATTHIAS SCHRADER/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS]

Mu­nich, Ger­many, Mayor Di­eter Reiter in­serted the tap into the first keg Satur­day with two blows of his ham­mer and the cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s tapped.” And young peo­ple be­gan strug­gling for beer at the open­ing of the 184th Ok­to­ber­fest beer fes­ti­val Satur­day in Mu­nich, Ger­many. The world’s largest beer fes­ti­val, with 6 mil­lion visi­tors ex­pected, con­tin­ues through Oct. 3.

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