Priest who wrote on gays has talk canceled
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 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.