How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity
On Sale: June 13, 2017
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to
(Almost) Everything and Jesus: A Pilgrimage turns his
attention to the relationship between LGBT Catholics and the
Church in this loving, inclusive, and revolutionary book.
On the day after the Orlando nightclub shooting, James
Martin S.J. posted a video on Facebook in which he called
for solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. "The
largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club
and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected," he
began. He then implored his fellow Catholics—and people
everywhere—to "stand not only with the people of Orlando but
also with their LGBT brothers and sisters." A powerful call
for tolerance, acceptance, and support—and a reminder of
Jesus' message for us to love one another—Father Martin's
post went viral and was viewed more than 1.6 million times.
Now, Martin expands on his reflections in this moving and
inspiring book, offering a powerful, loving, and much-needed
voice in a time marked by anger, prejudice, and
divisiveness. Adapted from an address he gave to New Ways
Ministry, a group that ministers to and advocates for LGBT
Catholics, Building a Bridge provides a roadmap for
repairing and strengthening the bonds that unite all of us
as God's children. Martin uses the image of a two-way bridge
to enable LGBT Catholics and the Church to come together in
a call to end the "us" versus "them" mentality. Turning to
the Catechism, he draws on the three criteria at the heart
of the Christian ministry—"respect, compassion, and
sensitivity"—as a model for how the Catholic Church should
relate to the LGBT community.
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