Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Fr. James Martin, S.J.

“Some of the recent attacks on Martin, sparked by his book Building a Bridge, have been inexcusably ugly. Fr. Martin is a man of intellect and skill whose work I often admire. Like all of us as fellow Christians, he deserves to be treated with fraternal good will. It’s one thing to criticize respectfully an author’s ideas and their implications. It’s quite another to engage in ad hominem trashing.”

“First, all of us who claim to be Christians, wherever we locate ourselves on the ecclesial spectrum, have the duty to speak the truth with love. Culture warriors come in all shapes and shades of opinion. The bitterness directed at the person of Fr. Martin is not just unwarranted and unjust; it’s a destructive counter-witness to the Gospel.”

“If we’ve learned anything over the past five hundred years, we might at least stop demonizing each other. On matters of substance, bad-mouthing the other guy only makes things worse.”

Archbishop Chaput, “Civility and Church Life”, First Things, 9/21/17; https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/09/civility-and-church-life

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6 Responses to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Fr. James Martin, S.J.

  1. Matt Z. says:

    I agree with what Fr.Chaput said, I admire Fr.Chaput, we should speak truthfully and with Charity. In the other hand, and I say this kindly, I truly hope the Church censors Fr.Martin.

  2. Rob says:

    Indulging in personal rancor goes too far. That said, Father Martin has frankly gone too far off the reservation and needs to be corrected. Sometimes love must wear a stern face.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Many conservative leaders have said far worse, they’ve attacked the Roman Pontiff, falsely accusing him of heresy; they have taught many heresies themselves.

  3. Denis says:

    Well, when you say it like that Ron, another ‘Ah ha’ moment. Martin does seem to be some commentators’ favorite fall guy. Thank you.

    • Ron Conte says:

      There’s plenty wrong with Fr. James Martin’s work. It’s just that his loudest critics seem to have greater and more blatant theological failings.

  4. Rob says:

    Correcting one error isn’t mutually exclusive to correcting another. You can do both.

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