Opposing “LGBT” Errors with Truth and Charity: My Twitter Exchange with Fr. Martin

Catholic Family News | 7/26/2019 | Staff
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Every year on the Third Sunday after Pentecost, which fell on June 30 this year, the faithful who attend the traditional Roman Mass hear a powerful duo of readings from Holy Scripture.

The Epistle, 1 Peter 5:6-11, focuses our attention on the reality of spiritual warfare, with the Prince of the Apostles exhorting us, “Be sober and watch, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls your brethren who are in the world.” In short, “The life of man upon earth is a warfare” (Job 7:1) – a battle we must engage with “the armor of God” (Eph. 6:11, 13) – and precious souls are at stake, a message which is at the heart of the Gospel for the day.

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In Luke 15:1-10, which immediately precedes the famous prodigal son parable (Luke 15:11-32), Our Lord is confronted by “the Pharisees and the scribes” who are repulsed at the sight of “publicans and sinners” approaching Him and listen to His preaching. “This man receiveth sinners,” they murmur, “and eateth with them.” As the Good Shepherd, Our Lord replies:

The message is clear: Our Lord did not fraternize with sinners as a means of pacifying them in their sins. He reached out to them with true charity as lost sheep in order to call them to repentance and conversion. Thus, His ministry of “doing good” to sinners and “healing all that were oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38) was aimed primarily at the salvation of souls. This was His program – “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10) – and it must be ours, as well, if we call ourselves His disciples.

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The clergy, or “ancients” (Greek presbyteros), as St. Peter called...
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