Vatican cardinal critiques Jesuit Martin on homosexuality

(Crux) In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, argues that the Church cannot back down in maintaining its standard of chastity-including for those within the LGBT community.

“Those who speak on behalf of the church must be faithful to the unchanging teachings of Christ, because only through living in harmony with God’s creative design do people find deep and lasting fulfillment,” he wrote.

Sarah specifically mentions Jesuit priest Father James Martin, author of the new book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.

“He [Martin] repeats the common criticism that Catholics have been harshly critical of homosexuality, while neglecting the importance of sexual integrity among all of its followers,” said Sarah.

Sarah notes that he and Martin are in agreement that there should not be a double standard with regard to the Church’s teachings on chastity. [More]