One of my favorite authors, Rev. James Martin, S.J., recently posted on Facebook a reaction to the landmark marriage equality ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court.
His comments were different from the comments of other religious that I’ve befriended on social media.
They thundered about the erosion of traditional values in America and chastised a world heading for anarchy.
Not Father Jim.
He went after the issue from a completely different point of view.
“No issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality. Even after over 25 years as a Jesuit, the level of hatred around homosexuality is nearly unbelievable to me, especially when I think of all of the wonderful LGBT friends I have,” he wrote.
As soon as he wrote that, of course fellow Catholics turned on the popular cleric. They called him names, too.
But Father Jim went on.
“God wants us to love,” he said. “And not a twisted, crabbed, narrow tolerance, which often comes in the guise of condemnations, instructions, and admonitions that try to masquerade as love.”
Thanks, Father Jim.
I’m glad someone in a white collar said it.