Jesuit author’s talks are cancelled amid backlash

What happened?

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has called for “Christian civility” after a heated debate over the Jesuit writer Fr James Martin. Fr Martin was disinvited from three lectures – two in America, one in London – because the organisers were concerned about a possible backlash.

Fr Martin’s recent book Building A Bridge has been much debated. While Cardinal Kevin Farrell praised the work, Cardinal Robert Sarah argued that it downplayed the importance of chastity.

What Catholic commentators said

In the Washington Post, Fr Martin defended his book against its critics.

It was, he said, “a call for respect on both sides”, and he had been surprised by the response. However, he said, “I am at peace with the book and with the mission to love and advocate for LGBT Catholics.”

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