Priest who wrote on gays has talk can­celed

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NATION+WORLD -

NEWYORK » 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 as 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.

The sem­i­nary in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal is called the The­o­log­i­cal Col­lege.

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